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The State of Today’s Courts Addressed

While taxes and costs of commodities rise, another hand is getting into our pockets. The downturn in the economy and budget deficits have caused a negative effect to the court systems in about 25 States, which in turn gives a strong impact to all of us. This translates to the following effects:

  • Cost cutting measures such as shorter court hours in Vermont, Minnesota, Washington, California and Iowa.
  • Layoff or furlough of court personnel, which results to lesser work done in Massachusetts, Florida, Utah, Kentucky, New Jersey, Minnesota and Oregon.
  • Hiring freezes in California, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Delaware, George, Minnesota, Kansas, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Utah, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Rhode Island.
  • Salary freezes in Delaware, Alabama, Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Georgia, Nevada, Massachusetts, Ohio, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Oregon.
  • Dissolution of services such as alternative dispute resolution or mediation,
  • Longer wait times for everyone and postponing of trials such as that in New Hampshire.

The wheels of justice can be heard echoing to grinding halt.

In an article by Richard Y. Schauffler and Matthew Kleiman(2010) entitled, “State Courts and the Budget Crisis: Rethinking Court Services”, the authors discuss about budget cuts amounting to about 20% on 40 state courts in the fiscal year 2010 and rising to 48 in 2011.

To compensate for the short fall and keep the already dwindling services operational, the Senate passed Bill in 1790 allowing the state of courts to impose increased filing fees and other related Clerk fees. Besides the increase, new fees are also being created and some have even adopted a per-page filing fee particularly in Oregon, North Carolina and Iowa.

The lessened number of personnel causes delays with court processes, such as in intake, responding to inquiries, case management, and scheduling. Many companies have looked towards Online Dispute Resolution to handle their needs but they also are painfully slow and take anywhere from 90 to 250 days to get a decision made.

Online dispute resolution services offer a legal solution of closure to numerous pending claims, but there is no consistency in which the services are provided. Until now! Only Swift handles small claims cases by real U.S. court judges which determine your case face to face via your computer without a need to wait in court.

Negotiation, arbitration and mediation are already done through claims resolution online but most providers use minimal technology such as email correspondence, telephone tag, and slow processes by neutrals, whose expertise ranges from lawyers to certified arbiters. Their costs are based on hourly fees like those to an attorney.

According to David et al (2011) in their research work titled “retrieving information in online dispute resolution platform: a hybrid method” that because of the information retrieval from many types of resources, judges will toss the term online dispute resolution, because it is helpful for both the parties: the disputant and the other one such as software companies. The use of technology in online dispute resolution is critical to the effectiveness of getting your case resolved quickly and effectively. Swift is the only website that claims resolution online service that provides efficient results by court experts for hundreds of thousands of litigants through the direct and final resolution of your matter. Each party can have their side heard without wasting time in courts for a single fee and feel as though they matter…because you do!

Online dispute resolution is effective and efficient way to resolves your issues with parties without taking consideration most of the factors which are mainly creating issues because of dispute resolutions through court systems.