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Thursday, May 9 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Using Online Courts to Modernize the Legal System

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Americans can shop, socialize, and manage bills online 24 hours a day. However, disputing a lawsuit typically requires a trip to the courthouse during business hours. Those who live far from the courthouse, have limited mobility, and have inflexible work schedules are more likely to receive a negative judgment because they failed to appear in court. This can threaten homes, family stability, livelihood, and access to justice. To meet this challenge, state and county court systems across the country are experimenting with online dispute resolution (ODR) tools--which allow parties to attempt to resolve their dispute via the internet and provides outside personal intervention only where necessary. In 2018, Utah became the first state to build an ODR tool for small claims cases. This new technology will change the way Utah courts do business. The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Center for State Courts are helping states like Utah pilot and evaluate the impacts of ODR. Leaders from Utah, NCSC, and Pew will discuss the challenges courts face using online courts to modernize the legal system, including technology, skeptics, and maintaining the rule of law.


Paul Embley

CIO and Technology Division Director, National Center for State Courts
Paul Embley is the CIO and Technology Division Director at the National Center for State Courts. He began his career in Silicon Valley working for the “who’s who” of high tech (along with the “who’s no longer”). After 25 years in the for-profit sector, Paul shifted to... Read More →

Justice Constandinos (Deno) Himonas

Justice, Utah Supreme Court
Justice Deno Himonas was born in rural Utah in 1964 to Greek parents. Justice Himonas graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. After graduation, Justice Himonas spent fifteen years working on complex civil... Read More →

Amber Ivey

Manager - Civil Legal System Modernization Team, Pew Charitable Trusts
Amber Ivey is a manager of the civil legal system modernization team at Pew Charitable Trusts. In here role, she helps make the nation’s civil legal system more accessible and affordable to the public by working with courts and stakeholders to modernize systems with the most promising... Read More →

Thursday May 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 2