NCSC is pleased to announce the featured session for eCourts 2018: Rebooting Justice: More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of Law.
University of Tennessee Law Professor Benjamin H. Barton will expand on the ideas in his (and co-author Stephanos Bibas) 2017 book Rebooting Justice. They argue that our laws are too complex and legal advice too expensive. Both are obstacles for the poor and even middle-class Americans to get help and protect their rights.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Rebooting Justice “jump-start[s] a much-needed conversation about the future of the practice of law.”
Criminal defendants facing jail time may receive an appointed lawyer who is juggling hundreds of cases and immediately urges them to plead guilty. Civil litigants are even worse off; usually, they get no help at all navigating the maze of technical procedures and rules.
The answer is to use technology and procedural innovation to simplify and change the process itself. In the civil and criminal courts where ordinary Americans appear the most, we should streamline complex procedures and assume that parties will not have a lawyer, rather than the other way around. We need a cheaper, simpler, faster justice system to control costs.
eCourts is NCSC’s premium education conference. By focusing on the hottest topics driven by the latest trends in technology, eCourts is the right conference for those seeking an immersive learning experience: all sessions take place on a single stage, with education offered by leaders in the field showcasing innovation. Attendees report eCourts is a great place to take a small, cross-functional team to discuss how learning can be applied across one’s court, with the smaller exhibit hall allowing more time for in-depth discussion with exhibitors.