Courts provide convenient access to the public and reduce lines at the court with Matterhorn online dispute resolution for waivable traffic tickets and payable misdemeanors.
Matterhorn is available in over 50 locations such as courts, municipalities, and mediation centers in 10 states. To date, people have resolved over 46,000 cases online with Matterhorn.
One of Matterhorn’s most popular modules with courts is online review of traffic infractions. A subset of traffic tickets involve missing documentation at the time of the traffic stop. For eligible tickets, the fine or fee may be reduced or waived upon the ticket-holder providing valid proof of
- operators permit or drivers license,
- registration, or
- repair of defective equipment,
- depending on the offense type and jurisdiction.
Before online access, members of the public with waivable-type traffic tickets needed to bring their documents to the court. With Matterhorn, members of the public can upload a photo or scan from their mobile phone, at their convenience.
How Waivable Traffic Ticket Resolution Works Online
- A member of the public finds their eligible offense by searching the court’s online site.
- Then, they request review of their case and upload photos or scans of the documents.
- Next, court staff can review submitted images or documents and handle as they would if the documents were provided in person.
- Finally, the person receives a text and/or email message to return to the site and can accept the court’s offer and pay the updated fine, if applicable.
Possible outcomes – online just like in person
- Upon receipt of a clear photo showing a drivers license and/or registration valid on the date of the ticket, a clerk may reduce a fine to $0.
- When reviewing a photo of a valid proof of insurance, the clerk may reduce the fine.
Benefits to the Court
- Reduce clerk time and effort
- Reduce defaults
- Increase safety by reducing traffic into the building
Benefits to the Public
- Connect with your court in a convenient and familiar way
- Avoid having to take time off work, miss school, or arrange childcare to submit their documents in person
- Access for those who have historically not had it