Looking forward to Meghan O’Neil‘s presentation at the 2019 International ODR Forum on Targeting Poverty in Courts: Improving the Measurement of Ability to Pay. Ability to pay determinations are essential when fines are used to enforce laws.Read more…
The 31st District Court in Hamtramck, Michigan has been using Matterhorn for assessing ability to pay and to resolve traffic tickets online since late 2016. In this video, the judge, court administrator, and city prosecutor share their experience.
Ability to Pay Provides Courts a Digital Means of "Right-Sizing" Penalties
Matterhorn contains a digital ability-to-pay and financial stability tool to help people work with the court to resolve past due or outstanding fines and fees. Developed jointly with poverty, legal, and content experts, the digital tool can stand alone or be configured and embedded in existing Matterhorn solutions.
Hear from the Michigan 31st District Court
Matterhorn ODR Ability to Pay Benefits
The public can share their financial situation with the court privately rather than in open court.
With Matterhorn, people can access the private, secure, web-based “smart” assessment that has built-in intelligence and skip patterns that keep the questions specific and relevant.
The configurable, smart ability to pay assessment helps people provide their information in an organized and complete format to the court. Responses and calculations are displayed on the court dashboard in summary with highlights or in greater detail for further inquiry, analysis, and decision-making.
Matterhorn accommodates various, configurable penalties: payment plans, extended payments, reduced fees, community services, and combined determinations with both a payment plan and community service.
People are notified about decisions, payment plans and, if applicable, sentence information. Compliance is supported with ongoing reminders and opportunities to communicate status and change.
What is Matterhorn?
Matterhorn is a web-based platform designed to allow courts to handle large volumes of infractions, disputes, warrants, and other cases—all online.