In 2015 Darin Thompson asked a provocative question: “Are the courts sustainable?” In this interview, he explains what leads him to ask this question and talks about alternatives that are more suited to modern dispute resolution and the needs of citizens to access speedy and affordable justice.
Darin describes himself as a “justice innovation enthusiast” and works with Shannon Salter on the Civil Resolution Tribunal in Canada. He also has some disruptive ideas about justice, empowerment and the need for change in how we approach disputes. In this interview he gives some more detail on how the Tribunal works and into the thinking that went into its design.
Darin Thompson’s recent work. Along with the CRT, has focused on “Knowledge Engineering”. To find our more about this process and how it works, you can read a step by step guide on his website http://darinthompson.ca/knowledge-engineering/knowledge-engineering-start-to-finish/introduction-to-knowledge-engineering/
This article from the Open Justice Initiative gives some fascinating insight on current access to justice problems throughout the world, and how even small amounts of data can help empower disputants, as Darin Thompson proposes. https://www.justiceinitiative.org/voices/how-small-data-can-improve-access-justice-poor
This recent report on how technology is being used to support legal empowerment will inspire ideas that everyone in the system can help implement. https://www.theengineroom.org/tech-and-legal-empowerment-around-the-world/
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Also publishes a very cool CPD Podcasting Show. Details in the link below.