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Immigration tribunal one of first to convert to online court model


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The first signs of an online court will be visible in tribunals by September, online processes will be extended to a wide range of civil court proceedings by May 2020, and the reforms will be incremental, according to one of the judges in charge…

…The first jurisdictions to adopt the online court would be the social security and child support tribunal, followed by immigration and asylum.

What could possibly go wrong? It seems obvious to test online courts on a jurisdiction where litigants do not always speak English and are some of the most vulnerable, marginalised and powerless in society and where tribunal systems mean it is not yet possible to file a skeleton argument by email.

Source: Online court “visible by September and no big bang”, top judge reveals – Legal Futures

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.


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