Court Innovations presents in Paris at International ODR Conference

Court Innovations CEO MJ Cartwright was honored to present June 12 at the online dispute resolution #ODR17 event in Paris. She presented as part of the Government and public-sector platforms in civil conflicts panel. The panel will demonstrate how platforms can be used mainly in state courts and explore the successes and challenges of government-sponsored ODR in various contexts.


Court Innovations Closes Funding Round with $1.8 Million in Investment

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – JUNE 6, 2017 — Court Innovations, the first spin out from University of Michigan’s Law School, recently closed its first major fundraising round at over $1.8 million. The round was led by the BELLE Michigan Fund and other investors include: Northern Michigan Angels, Michigan Angel Fund, the student-led Social Venture Fund at the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and private investors. Notably, funders also included those who invested in the company through its 4(a)(6) offering through Netcapital.

Court Innovations expands access to the courts for citizens who cannot miss work or family care to attend court, or who fear coming to court because of their race, ethnicity, or immigration status. With its Matterhorn product, anyone can use a mobile phone or computer to resolve and negotiate infractions and lesser misdemeanors. Citizens use Matterhorn to resolve traffic and parking tickets, warrants, family court compliance, plea online, or file a small claims civil case.

“As we roll out our Matterhorn product nationally, it’s exciting to see such broad interest in our work to make justice accessible to everyone.” said Court Innovations CEO MJ Cartwright. “Through all our funders, we pulled in investment from current partners and attracted new supporters from 48 states and Washington, D.C.”

Almost 40% of citizens who have used the system say they could not have come to court in person. For courts, Matterhorn’s online case resolution saves time, resources and money, ultimately leading to increased efficiency. Courts case closure times dropped from 50 days to 17 days, and staff time/case dropped from an average of 2.5 hours to less than 30 minutes with Matterhorn. Learn more about our court outcomes and case studies.

According to the Honorable Chief Judge Brigette Officer-Hill of the Michigan 30th District Court in Highland Park, “It allows officers to stay on the streets. It allows citizens to stay at home, or at work. It allows the judiciary to deal with cases that demand you come to court.”

Matterhorn is in twenty-three courts in Michigan and Ohio, and is expanding to Arkansas this summer. With this funding, Court Innovations will continue to expand nationally. It has hired business development and marketing staff in Michigan and on the West Coast. Additionally, it continues to invest in its technology to make additional services available to courts and citizens.

About Court Innovations

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Court Innovations is the first startup out of the University of Michigan Law School. Matterhorn allows courts to handle many high-volume infractions completely online, saving citizens and courts time and money. Rather than limiting judicial or law enforcement discretion, Matterhorn enables decision-makers to resolve cases more efficiently and equitably. Its 24/7 access and education component empowers defendants to work with the court to resolve minor violations informally, and at a convenient time.

Video: ODR Benefits for Law Enforcement

Hear what courts with traffic ticket resolution and warrant resolution say about Matterhorn.

Featured in this video are Judge Brigette Officer-Hill of the 30th District Court and Bob Ciolek, Court Administrator, and Lisa Fusik, Deputy Court Administrator, from the 14A District Court.

Lisa Fusik, Michigan District Court 14A Deputy Administrator

“With law enforcement, it’s been a nice feature in that they don’t have to come to court at all. So they can have one focus person, their court officer, for instance, interact with the system, so the officers themselves don’t have to come to court. Or take time off the road, or come in on their day off, or maybe on a morning when they have to work midnights the next day.
“So for them it just means less interaction with the court, and less time that could be spent doing what they should be doing.”

Robert Ciolek, Michigan District Court 14A Administrator.

“As we all know, money’s tight, and everybody’s getting cut, including law enforcement. So more bodies that they can have on the road enforcing the laws, the better. So now, using the online mediation system through Matterhorn, they don’t have to send those law enforcement personnel to court to answer the citation.”

Judge Brigette Officer-Hill, Michigan 30th District Court Chief Judge

“The collaboration with law enforcement and the court has been great. I mean, they, obviously, came in before we had Matterhorn to deal with people, the public, to try to resolve their tickets. Now they’re even happier because they have to spend less time.
“So they’re really working in conjunction with the court to make this work. They’re putting the word out just as much as we are putting the word out. So that allows them to do their job, on the streets, without coming into the courtroom.”