State News – Local traffic violations resolvable online starting in June

Resulting from possible frustrations with trying to resolve a traffic ticket, 54B District Court will be offering a new online service beginning on June 1.

The court signed on with Matterhorn by Court Innovations, “an online platform that allows defendants, police and judges to conveniently work toward resolving minor traffic violations,” according to a court statement.

Matterhorn will direct users through an online series of qualifying questions to see if a traffic violation can be resolved online. If it can, a user can submit their petition online and it will be looked over by the East Lansing Police Department.

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Legal News – Matterhorn online platform for violations, warrants reduces backlog at 74th District Court

Faced with a backlog, the 74th District Court in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan began looking for a way to improve access to justice and court efficiency. Traffic, failure to appear, and failure to pay fines are cases that don’t necessarily need to be heard in court, yet are the most common cases that judges hear.

In late 2014, the court began offering Matterhorn as an alternative to resolving these minor violations, which cost the courts and defendants unnecessary time and money. Matterhorn’s online platform enables defendants, police, prosecutors and judges to conveniently work together towards resolving a traffic ticket or warrant.

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Legal News – 30th District Court offering online resolution of violations

Taking time from work, school or other obligations to spend hours in a packed courtroom to deal with a traffic ticket can be frustrating. Highland Park residents can handle those tickets from the comfort of their own home, at their convenience with Court Innovations’ Matterhorn. Matterhorn is an online platform that enables defendants, police, prosecutors and judges to conveniently work towards resolving minor violations.

“The 30th District Court was determined to make real progress in creating more efficiency and fairness within the system. The incredible volume of cases that go through the 30th District Court led to this need to find an alternative to the status quo,” said Judge Brigette Officer-Hill.

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Detroit Free Press – Traffic court goes digital: Start-up fosters settlements

Traffic court is going digital.

Ann Arbor-based start-up Court Innovations has developed a software solution that allows drivers to settle traffic violations by negotiating in a virtual environment instead of showing up to court to fight tickets.

The model, which can also extend to other minor civil infractions, is appealing to courts because it reduces workload and increases fine collection rates. And it’s appealing to offenders who don’t have time to show up in court or simply can’t afford to take off of work.

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Detroit News – Prescott: In Michigan, access to justice a click away

Implementing cutting-edge, Internet-based technologies in our courts has the potential to dramatically enhance access to justice for all citizens, especially those long left out in the cold.

Courts are taxpayer-funded institutions, dedicated to helping members of society resolve outstanding disputes in a fair and efficient manner. Many of the people who work in and with courts are public servants, devoted to improving people’s lives. Yet, as the daily news and common experience make plain, our courts remain difficult, expensive and time-consuming to use.

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Detroit Free Press – How Michigan’s justice system is saving tax dollars

The nonpartisan branch of government is getting its job done, by implementing commonsense reforms and measuring performance, by implementing new technology and working smarter, and by re-engineering courts and increasing efficiency — all to serve the public better and at less cost.

Measuring and reporting on performance is something businesses have been doing for years, but this approach to improving services is a new thought in government. Michigan’s judiciary is leading the way: We have established performance standards for every court and measuring and reporting on that performance on the state Supreme Court’s website.

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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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