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The University of Michigan is spearheading development of what is believed to be first-of-its-kind technology to help people who have been charged with minor offenses interact with courts online, without needing to hire an attorney.
The technology was invented by J.J. Prescott, professor of law, and Ben Gubernick, his former student. Their goal was to increase and equalize citizen access to courts by creating an alternative to physically going to court, a process that can be time-consuming, confusing, and often intimidating.
The software provides a way for litigants with issues ranging from unpaid fines to minor civil infractions, including traffic tickets, to communicate directly with judges and prosecutors to find mutually agreeable ways to resolve their cases.
What They Say
Very easy to use and helps me a lot. If this wasn't available there is no way I would have the time to come in and have a court date. Time away from work is a no-go.
It was very easy to use especially seeing I was going out of town.
The website was GREAT! Extremely timely and I was really amazed that an actual person responded....THANK YOU for this great opportunity!!
More courts should have this option to lessen the wait time it would normally take if having to go to court. Excellent service to have! Thank you again for having it.
This is a very helpful action for those of us that are safe drivers and made a mistake.
The website was very easy to understand and so convenient. I could check it every day to see if the status had changed and what action I would have to do.
What a great way to save time and money--for court and the client!
Matterhorn is the online dispute resolution platform for courts and government agencies. Our customers include courts and municipalities. Our customer courts span district, traffic, family, and circuit courts. Matterhorn serves large and small districts, urban and rural communities,and decentralized and unified systems.
Matterhorn can match or streamline on your existing process and connects in a lightweight way with your other systems.
Matterhorn enables you to address a wide variety of case types including civil cases (such as small claims cases) and family court compliance, traffic tickets, civil infractions, and lesser misdemeanors (“Class C” Misdemeanors in some states), resolve warrants and pleas, and assess ability to pay.