U-M Law Quadrangle Magazine – Transforming What it Means to “Go to Court”

What if your day in court didn’t have to be in court?

That’s the idea that led Michigan Law Professor J.J. Prescott and Ben Gubernick, ’11, his former student, to invent a first-of-its-kind technology that helps people who have been charged with minor offenses interact with courts online, at any time of day, without needing to hire an attorney.

The software provides a way for litigants with issues ranging from unpaid fines to minor criminal or civil infractions, including traffic tickets, to communicate directly with judges and prosecutors to find mutually agreeable ways to resolve their cases.

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Detroit Free Press – University of Michigan sees record number of inventions

From sports equipment to predicting ice formations, University of Michigan researchers had a record year coming up with inventions and ways to commercialize them.

Michigan researchers will announce Monday the highest number of new inventions and signed agreements to commercialize technologies within the Office of Technology Transfer during the 2014 fiscal year. Researchers reported 439 new inventions, an increase from 421 last year. The U-M Tech Transfer office also recorded 148 option and license agreements compared with 108 agreements last year.

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Xconomy – Resolve Minor Civil Infractions Online with Court Innovations

Imagine: You’re late for work and going 10 miles-per-hour over the speed limit to try to shave a few minutes off your commute, when you’re pulled over. The police officer gives you a ticket, but it’s more expensive than you anticipated. You want to take care of the matter quickly, though, before the late fees start piling up, so you e-mail the judge listed on the back of the ticket and set up a payment plan.

And just like that, the matter is taken care of—without the need to appear in court or spend 20 minutes on hold trying to get through to a clerk. This is the future as imagined by Court Innovations, a startup spun out of the University of Michigan’s law school.

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MLive – Court piloting innovative program to resolve minor offenses online

BAY CITY, MI — Cutting edge technology has hit Bay County District Court, designed to give those citizens with minor offenses a streamlined way to resolve their cases without having to appear in court in the flesh.

The new Online Case Review System was developed by University of Michigan Law School professor J.J. Prescott and a former student of his, Ben Gubernick. It started in the 14A District Court in Washtenaw County and was put to use in Bay County on Aug. 25.

“There are three components to it,” said District Judge Dawn A. Klida, who is running the pilot program. “One is the traffic (violation) resolution. The second part is failure to appear. The third component is failure to pay fines and costs.”

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Michigan Radio – Go to court in your pajamas with this new technology

How can you resolve a minor civil infraction or a traffic ticket without stepping foot in a courtroom? Use the Online Court Project.The first-of-its-kind technology was designed by J.J. Prescott and his team to help people who have been charged with minor offenses interact with courts online, without needing to hire an attorney.

J. J. Prescott is a law professor at the University of Michigan and co-director of the Empirical Legal Studies Center.

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