Court Innovations

Court Innovations Our Matterhorn platform allows courts to handle many high-volume infractions completely online, saving citizens and courts time and money. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Court Innovations is a spin out from the University of Michigan Law School.
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Rather than limiting judicial or law enforcement discretion, Matterhorn enables decision-makers to resolve cases more efficiently and equitably. Its 24/7 access and education component empowers defendants to work with the court to resolve minor violations informed, and at a convenient time.

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“The efficiency is very great. We can review a lot more cases in a lot less time. We’re not tying someone up, sitting ar...
11/05/2020
Webinar Video: Overcoming Distance with ODR - A Rural Perspective | Get Matterhorn

“The efficiency is very great. We can review a lot more cases in a lot less time. We’re not tying someone up, sitting around in court and waiting. And I’m not spending my time waiting for pretrials to come to me and that creates that time for me as well.” - Magistrate Janice Doner, 74th District Court, Bay County, Michigan.

View the webinar: https://getmatterhorn.com/webinar-video-overcoming-distance-with-odr/

#odr #onlinedisputeresolution #legaltech #accesstojustice #onlinecourt #webinar #testimonial

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Matterhorn hosted a Rural Perspective ODR Webinar on Overcoming Distance with ODR. The webinar featured Magistrate Janice Doner from the 74th District Court in Bay County, Michigan. The court has resolved over 4,400 cases online since the launch of their ODR platform....

When (people) come in, I always ask them, Okay, this was online, how did, what did you think of the system?” And they al...
11/03/2020
Video: Assessing Ability to Pay Online at the 31st District Court | Get Matterhorn

When (people) come in, I always ask them, Okay, this was online, how did, what did you think of the system?” And they all say “I liked it,” “I was glad it was available,” “I was worried about going to jail, now I’m not.” - Judge Alexis Krot, 31st District Court, Hamtramck, MI.

View the full video: https://getmatterhorn.com/video-assessing-ability-to-pay-online-at-the-31st-district-court/

#accesstojustice #abilitytopay #courttech #onlinecourt #onlinedisputeresolution #odr #legaltechnology

The 31st District Court in Hamtramck, Michigan has been using Matterhorn for assessing ability to pay and to resolve traffic tickets online since late 2016. In this video, the judge, court administrator, and city prosecutor share their experience. Judge Alexis Krot, JD MBA One of the things that is....

ODR is growing in the US! The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Innovation has released their report on ODR plat...
10/29/2020
ABA Report on ODR in the United States | Get Matterhorn

ODR is growing in the US! The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Innovation has released their report on ODR platforms in the United States through the end of 2019 - featuring an interactive visualization of each launch. Read more: https://getmatterhorn.com/aba-report-on-odr-in-the-united-states/

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Innovation surveyed the court-annexed online dispute resolution (ODR) platforms available through the end of 2019. They shared the report via their website. The report features several Matterhorn courts. The report defines Online Dispute Resolution as .....

"Interestingly, when the pandemic arose, Court clients were very excited to have this option and have been working hard ...
10/16/2020
Online Court Q&A #3 - Family and Domestic Cases | Get Matterhorn

"Interestingly, when the pandemic arose, Court clients were very excited to have this option and have been working hard to try to resolve their issues in this format."- Tracy McElroy, Family Conciliation Services Director. Read about Pinal County's (Arizona) implementation of #ODR for family and domestic cases. https://getmatterhorn.com/online-court-qa-3-family-and-domestic-cases/

Read the interview for Online Courts Questions and Answers with Matterhorn #3. Tracy McElroy, Pinal County (Arizona) Family Conciliation Services Director discusses the Superior Court of Arizona’s online platform for family and domestic cases. Quick Overview of Pinal County Online Access Site: cou...

“A big part of Matterhorn’s success has been the result of thinking very carefully about the institutions and the indivi...
10/13/2020
VIDEO: Access to Justice Panel and Distinguished Innovator of the Year | Get Matterhorn

“A big part of Matterhorn’s success has been the result of thinking very carefully about the institutions and the individuals who run our courts. (We work) hard to anticipate the unexpected, be respectful of norms and people’s time. (We) keep in mind the need to bring data to bear as you evaluate and improve upon your work.” - J.J. Prescott

Watch University of Michigan present J.J. Prescott with the 2020 Distinguished University Innovator Award: https://getmatterhorn.com/video-access-to-justice-panel-and-distinguished-innovator-of-the-year/

On September 21, 2020, the University of Michigan gave Matterhorn Founder J.J. Prescott it’s 2020 Distinguished Innovator of the Year award. It also hosted a panel, entitled Technology, Access to Justice, and Democratizing American Courts. The video of this event is now available. Panelists: Michi...

"I think there is a common misconception that online dispute resolution cannot adequately replicate the in-person experi...
10/08/2020
Online Court Q&A #2 – Civil Small Claims Cases | Get Matterhorn

"I think there is a common misconception that online dispute resolution cannot adequately replicate the in-person experience. We have found the exact opposite. In many cases, the online process exceeds expectations. Users report positive perceptions of fairness and justice and their eventual case outcomes are positive as well."

Catch our interview with Alex Sanchez of Franklin County Municipal Court detailing how his court implemented and launched an #ODR platform. https://getmatterhorn.com/online-court-qa-2-civil-small-claims-cases/

Read the interview for Online Courts Questions and Answers with Matterhorn #2. Alex Sanchez of the Franklin County Municipal Court discusses the court's online platform for City Tax and Small Claims resolution.

The courts are going online! Last month, Director of Dispute Resolution at Michigan Supreme Court, Doug Van Epps, and re...
10/06/2020
VIDEO: MI-Resolve ODR in NCSC Coronavirus and the Courts Webinar | Get Matterhorn

The courts are going online! Last month, Director of Dispute Resolution at Michigan Supreme Court, Doug Van Epps, and represented Michigan in a webinar entitled #ODR and Community-Based Payments” hosted by the National Center for State Courts. MJ Cartwright, Matterhorn CEO, discussed the tech aspect. Watch the full webinar to learn what Michigan and other states are doing to make justice more accessible to citizens amidst the pandemic. https://getmatterhorn.com/video-mi-resolve-odr-in-ncsc-coronavirus-and-the-courts-webinar/

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Coronavirus and the Courts webinar series covered ODR in its session on “ODR and Community-Based Payment” on September 24 2020. Panelists included on Doug Van Epps, Director of the Office of Dispute Resolution at the Supreme Court of Michigan and MJ Ca...

"I will tell you. When we went offline on March 13th, to be able to instruct people that they can still resolve their co...
09/29/2020
Online Court Q&A #1 - Traffic and Warrant Adjudication | Get Matterhorn

"I will tell you. When we went offline on March 13th, to be able to instruct people that they can still resolve their court hearings and their court cases through our online platform, was a relief. I can’t imagine not having it available to people while the court is closed to the public." Back in April, we interviewed Lisa Fusik of Michigan 14A District Court about their ODR program for traffic and warrant adjudication. Read or listen to the full interview here: https://getmatterhorn.com/online-court-qa-1-traffic-and-warrant-adjudication/

Listen to the interview and read the transcript for Online Courts Questions and Answers with Matterhorn #1. Lisa Fusik of Michigan 14A District Court Discusses the court's online platform for Traffic, Plea, Warrant, and Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) resolution.

Today is the day! We’re participating in this year’s virtual #AnnArborTechTrek. Check out Matterhorn’s video featuring B...
09/25/2020
Tech Trek and Mobility Row 2020 Map - Google My Maps

Today is the day! We’re participating in this year’s virtual #AnnArborTechTrek. Check out Matterhorn’s video featuring Brian Derickson, Head of Implementations, on what it’s like to be a part of our team. Find us on the interactive Tech Trek map here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1MYdsbi266_PQmC4ySf1Wy99E3pjOb8Be&ll=42.280944900000065%2C-83.7463466&z=11

#a2techtrek #a2tech360 #annarbortech #annarbor Ann Arbor SPARK

Welcome to the virtual A2 Tech Trek and Mobility Row! Ann Arbor SPARK is excited to present a virtual version of A2 Tech Trek and Mobility Row. Using an interactive map, you can click on more than 60 company locations to learn about their efforts. Each company entry includes a feature video, giving....

Come visit us, virtually! We'll be participating in this week's #a2Tech360 events, a series of tech-related events conne...
09/23/2020

Come visit us, virtually! We'll be participating in this week's #a2Tech360 events, a series of tech-related events connecting the Ann Arbor community. Our CEO, M.J. Cartwright, will speak at a panel entitled "Women in Technology: Leading by Example" with other women tech entrepreneurs. You'll also be able to virtually visit Matterhorn HQ and other tech companies via video in this year's virtual #AnnArborTechTrek. https://getmatterhorn.com/upcoming-events-september-2020/

Today is the day! Our founder, J.J. Prescott, has been named the recipient of University of Michigan's 2020 Distinguishe...
09/21/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: 2020 Distinguished University Innovator Award presented by Vice President for Research Rebecca Cunningham. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Today is the day! Our founder, J.J. Prescott, has been named the recipient of University of Michigan's 2020 Distinguished University Innovator Award. He'll be receiving the award today at the 20th Celebrate Invention event at 2:30 PM EST, followed by a panel entitled "Technology, Access to Justice, and Democratizing American Courts". Register now: https://buff.ly/33BgV2Q

Join us for a panel discussion led by 2020 Distinguished University Innovator Award Recipient J.J. Prescott entitled, Technology, Access to Justice, and Democratizing American Courts with panelists: Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack; Jason Tashea, founder and director of Justice...

Matterhorn is excited to participate in University of Michigan's Celebration Invention event! This coming Monday, our fo...
09/17/2020

Matterhorn is excited to participate in University of Michigan's Celebration Invention event! This coming Monday, our founder, J.J. Prescott will be honored as the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished University Innovator Award, followed by a panel discussion. Our CEO, MJ Cartwright, will also be a panelist for a session titled "Age of Innovation: Research Universities and Commercialization". Registration is free for anyone who would like to attend:https://buff.ly/35JxsEE

Matterhorn featured in WIRED Magazine.As many Americans find themselves at risk of evictions, states are turning to #ODR...
09/15/2020
Wired: ODR to Address Eviction "Tsunami" | Get Matterhorn

Matterhorn featured in WIRED Magazine.

As many Americans find themselves at risk of evictions, states are turning to #ODR solutions like Matterhorn to avoid daunting courtroom sessions. “Tenants who get dragged to court are often at a disadvantage. But a new system, known as online dispute resolution, gives them a better shot.” Read the article: https://getmatterhorn.com/wired-odr-to-address-eviction-tsunami/

On August 28, 2020, Wired Magazine published an article on ODR that included the Matterhorn platform. “To Stop the Eviction Tsunami, We Need Online Chats“. The subtitle of the article explains “Tenants who get dragged to court are often at a disadvantage. But a new system, known as online disp...

"Online Options Drive Results"Hear Matterhorn CEO MJ Cartwright present at the American Bar Association, Section of Disp...
09/11/2020

"Online Options Drive Results"
Hear Matterhorn CEO MJ Cartwright present at the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution 2020 Tech Expo - a virtual event for dispute resolution academics and professionals. Online options to resolve issues and cases has always been important -- now more than ever during this public health crisis. Register today: https://getmatterhorn.com/online-options-drive-results-odr/

09/10/2020
ODR for Mediation | Get Matterhorn

Mediation centers are essential for parties to resolve their disputes in a way that works for them. However, these centers seek options for the clients. Matterhorn offers Online Dispute Resolution for mediation centers to virtually connect and resolve the disputes of their clients before they turn into court cases. https://buff.ly/33dkZ9j

#odr #mediationcenters #matterhorn #accesstojustice

ODR for Mediation Online Dispute Resolution for Mediation Centers Resolve issues with your clients before the court hearing, or before they become court cases. Mediation provides a safe space for parties to work out an agreement to their dispute that makes sense for them, because they participated f...

Let the court choose from the best tech options!John T. Matthias, Court Technology Consultant at National Center for Sta...
09/09/2020
Trends in State Courts: Interoperable Court Technology | Get Matterhorn

Let the court choose from the best tech options!

John T. Matthias, Court Technology Consultant at National Center for State Courts, and Dunrie Greiling, Market and Product Strategy at Matterhorn, write about how vendors can and should promote interoperable technology as a way to build more efficient and effective court case management systems. Read more: https://getmatterhorn.com/trends-in-state-courts-interoperable-court-technology/

The Court Component Model provides a vision of and implementation standards for interoperable court technology.

We’re proud to announce that our founder,  J.J. Prescott, has been named the recipient of University of Michigan's 2020 ...
09/03/2020
Matterhorn Founder Honored as Distinguished Innovator | Get Matterhorn

We’re proud to announce that our founder, J.J. Prescott, has been named the recipient of University of Michigan's 2020 Distinguished University Innovator Award.

The award honors Professor Prescott “for developing technology that’s helping to democratize the justice system while decreasing the spread of COVID-19″.

Professor Prescott will be honored Sept. 21 at the 20th Celebrate Invention, an annual event that recognizes entrepreneurship and inventions from U-M researchers.

Read more: https://getmatterhorn.com/matterhorn-founder-honored-as-distinguished-innovator/

The University of Michigan has awarded Matterhorn Founder J.J. Prescott its 2020 Distinguished University Innovator Award. Congratulations J.J.! The award honors Prescott “for developing technology that’s helping to democratize the justice system while decreasing the spread of COVID-19″.  Acc...

Good news for parents in Ottawa County, MI! Families can now resolve parenting time matters online with the support of t...
09/01/2020
Ottawa Friend of the Court offers ODR for Parenting Time | Get Matterhorn

Good news for parents in Ottawa County, MI! Families can now resolve parenting time matters online with the support of the Ottawa Friend of the Court. Matterhorn is proud to power the ODR system for the Michigan 20th Circuit Court. Read the full press release: https://getmatterhorn.com/ottawa-friend-of-the-court-offers-odr-for-parenting-time/

Grand Haven, Michigan. The Ottawa Friend of the Court is now offering online dispute resolution (ODR) for families with parenting time disputes. The Friend of the Court is part of the Michigan 20th Circuit Court. The parties will collaborate with their caseworker on their parenting time issue via th...

Congratulations to the 21st District Court in Garden City, MI for launching online access to resolve misdemeanor warrant...
08/27/2020
Michigan 21st District Court adds Online Warrant Resolution | Get Matterhorn

Congratulations to the 21st District Court in Garden City, MI for launching online access to resolve misdemeanor warrants! This is an expansion of the court's free online services after their launch of online traffic infraction resolution with Matterhorn in 2017. Read more: https://getmatterhorn.com/michigan-21st-district-court-adds-online-warrant-resolution/ City of Garden City, Michigan

Congratulations to the Michigan 21st District Court! The court launched online access to resolve misdemeanor warrants in August, 2020.

“The citizens have benefited greatly because they can do this at home, at work, on vacation…to take care of their ticket...
08/21/2020
Video: ODR Benefits the Public | Get Matterhorn

“The citizens have benefited greatly because they can do this at home, at work, on vacation…to take care of their ticket without having to come to court.”

Hear from courts that have implemented Matterhorn for traffic ticket resolution and warrant resolution about how the technology benefits the public. https://getmatterhorn.com/video-odr-benefits-public/

Hear what courts with traffic ticket resolution and warrant resolution say about Matterhorn. Featured in this video are Judge Brigette Officer-Hill of the 30th District Court and Bob Ciolek, Court Administrator, and Lisa Fusik, Deputy Court Administrator, from the 14A District Court. Bob Ciolek The....

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Courts, mediation centers, and government agencies use Matterhorn online dispute resolution (ODR).

ODR and online adjudication offers several key benefits including: increased access to justice, fairness, greater efficiency for staff, faster payments, and high customer satisfaction.

Matterhorn serves small to large districts, urban to rural communities, and decentralized to unified systems. The platform can match or streamline on your existing process and connects in a lightweight way with your other systems.

Matterhorn enables you to address a wide variety of case types including civil cases (such as small claims cases) and family court compliance, traffic tickets, civil infractions, and lesser misdemeanors (“Class C” Misdemeanors in some states), resolve warrants and pleas, and assess ability to pay.

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