Verdonschot: HiiL announces new online divorce settlement platform: Rechtwijzer 2.0

Dr. Jin Ho Verdonschot of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL) has announced a new online divorce settlement platform, called Rechtwijzer 2.0.

According to his post, the system was developed jointly by HiiL, the Legal Aid Board of The Netherlands, and Modria.

A video describing the system is available at:

Here are excerpts from the post describing the system:

Rechtwijzer 2.0 […] offers a platform for legal information, advice and services, some of which are automated. It enables people to work on solving their legal problems in their own words, at their own pace, from their own homes. Together with the other person. With professional service providers readily available to help them. To mediate, advise, decide or to review the end result. Lawyers and adjudicators working with Rechtwijzer 2.0 offer their services online, unbundled and on a pay as you go basis against fixed fees. […]

Rechtwijzer 2.0 thus is a justice platform that builds on the actual behaviour of people with a legal problem. As legal needs studies show us, people with a legal problem across the globe show more or less similar behaviour: most people first look for information about their problem, rights, obligations, and options for solving their problems. People often first try to solve their legal problem themselves and seek help if this does not work. They generally want support with contacting the other party, communicating, negotiating. And also have a need for neutral information that help them determine a fair result.

Initially, Rechtwijzer 2.0 focuses on divorce cases in The Netherlands, but the platform can be easily configured to other problems and other problems. When we design justice processes on the basis of what works rather than on the basis of normative rules, international standards, best practices and even standardisation all of a sudden become within reach. […]

Jin Ho Verdonschot discussed this system last week at the panel on Justice 2.0: Online Dispute Resolution, at the SXSW Interactive 2014 conference.

For more details, please see the complete post.

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