The Philadelphia Citizen – A Day in Court without Leaving Home

America’s court system is a lot like its automobiles: If we were to redesign the whole thing from scratch with today’s technology, there’s no way we would create—let alone accept—something as inefficient, anachronistic, and harmful as what we have now. Much like Tesla is dragging the auto industry kicking and screaming into the future, a company out of Michigan called Court Innovations is pushing back against the unfathomable inefficiency of local courts with an online adjudication system called Matterhorn.

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http://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/court-innovations-matterhorn-handle-court-cases-online/

Court has online program for tickets, warrants

The 46th District Court is pleased to offer online case review to citizens as a part of an initiative to expand access to justice.Parties may now resolve eligible traffic violations and warrants, through an online system.

“We recognize that taking time from work, school or other obligations to come to the courthouse can be frustrating, “said 46th District Court Chief Judge Shelia Johnson. “Now citizens can resolve tickets and warrants from the comfort of their own homes without taking time off from work or school or worrying about arranging for transportation.”

The online platform allows for communication between the citizen, the court and law enforcement by way of emails and text messages. There is no fee to use the system but the citizen will be charged transaction fees for financial transactions.

Motorists who have recently received a traffic violation in Southfield can visit www.courtinnovations.com/MID46 to start the resolution process online.
http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/2016/10/05/court-has-online-program-tickets-warrants/91620376/

Court Innovations in GovTech100

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-8-16-48-amCourt Innovations is both humbled and thrilled to be added to the GovTech list of 100 companies innovating the government space. We truly believe that our Matterhorn software is improving the service of government customers across the board. We look forward to continue innovating and pushing the boundaries to increase access to justice for all citizens.

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J.J. Prescott: Go to court without leaving home

0916frebels_jj01-as-smart-object-1This article originally appeared in an ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels profile.

A few years ago, J.J. Prescott went to court to deal with a traffic ticket. The University of Michigan Law School professor waited four hours to have a very short informal hearing.

“Imagine if I lived in a rural area where the courthouse was two hours away,” he says. “And as a result, I had to miss an entire day of work to go to court, which, if I were paid by the hour, would equate to $100 or more in lost wages. All of that aggravation, all to come over to have that conversation.

“I can’t believe that in 50 years, that’s how our courts will operate.”

They might not, and Prescott’s work could be a reason why. The U-M Online Court Project, which began with his collaboration with former student Ben Gubernick, created an online platform allowing citizens to resolve smaller legal matters—civil infractions, plus minor warrants and misdemeanors—without having to go to court. Users submit their side of the story and other information, answer questions and eventually hear from a decision-maker.

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CII Co-Founder Named “Legal Rebel”

LegalRebelThis article first appeared in the ABA Journal.

It’s a talented 10 we honor in this, the eighth year of the Legal Rebels.

Once again celebrating those women and men who are remaking their corners of the legal profession, the ABA Journal and its readers have found ample evidence of innovative thinking and forward action…

GO TO COURT WITHOUT LEAVING HOME

A few years ago, J.J. Prescott went to court to deal with a traffic ticket. The University of Michigan Law School professor waited four hours to have a very short informal hearing.

“Imagine if I lived in a rural area where the courthouse was two hours away,” he says. “And as a result, I had to miss an entire day of work to go to court, which, if I were paid by the hour, would equate to $100 or more in lost wages. All of that aggravation, all to come over to have that conversation.

“I can’t believe that in 50 years, that’s how our courts will operate.”

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Contesting online a new option for Monroe County traffic tickets

MonroeCourtHouse3This article first appeared in the Monroe News. Click here to read the full story.

Using a new software program developed at the University of Michigan, citizens can access the court 24 hours a day, seven days a week using their smartphones, tablets or computers to resolve traffic violations.

“We recognize that taking time from work, school or other obligations to wait in line at the courthouse can be frustrating,” said Judge Jack Vitale, chief judge of the Monroe County Courts. “Now citizens can pay or contest tickets from the comfort of their own home, at the time of their choosing. They don’t have to take time off from their job or arrange for transportation to and from the court.”

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