A compass for navigating the complex world of online justice and online dispute resolution in a better way
Solving a problem begins always with awareness. The world of dispute resolution is uncertain. Let’s start making it clearer and smoother. Try the new Justice Card and let us know your thoughts!
And relax, this is just version 1.0!
We are really excited to introduce the “Justice Card” on our website. A handy, simple calculator which aims to solve a big, complex problem. The Justice Card can help you estimate the costs of resolving a dispute, bringing clarity to the dispute resolution sector.
The motivation behind the creation of the Justice Card is that whenever there is a dispute and there is a necessity to go before a court, the time and costs are always wildly unpredictable for all parties involved. Using the Justice Card, users can instantly see that resolutions have an expected delivery time measured in years rather than days or weeks, which is a significant problem demanding a solution.
This problem brings uncertainties and a constant fear for the unexpected in business relationships, which we aim to reduce thanks to our upcoming online dispute resolution platform, the Open Justice Platform. Imagine a world where justice is available when needed. In our vision, justice should be fast, simple and accessible.
The story behind the Justice Card
We would like to tell you the story behind the Justice Card. When we came up with this idea, we spent some time researching for the most reliable data on disputes worldwide.
After a lot of work, we got discouraged by the fact that there simply was not any 100% reliable source of data for small and medium-sized disputes around the world. Most data sources make assumptions and generally tackle only one specific jurisdiction. This means that there is no comprehensive and uniform set of data related to dispute resolutions. We realized that it was impossible to achieve 100% accuracy when it came to estimating the costs and time required to solve a dispute.
We finally decided to obtain our data from the World’s Bank Group, Doing Business data. This source obtains data from a number of surveys they conducted.
For example, according to Doing Business data, to solve a claim of 25,000 USD in Brazil (São Paulo) through a public domestic court would require 41 days for Filing and Service and 480 days for the Trial and Judgement phases. The cost would be 3,150 USD in Attorney’s fees and 1,750 USD for Court fees. So, excluding the enforcement phase, this would mean around 521 days and 4,900 USD to reach a resolution.
As you can see in the screenshot above, using our calculator, you would be saving 417 days and 980 USD with the Open Justice Platform. We believe that for individuals and small and medium enterprises, these are significant numbers that make a substantial difference.
This is where we feel there is a need for a better ODR platform that spans multiple jurisdictions. Today’s economy is global and therefore dispute resolution processes should reflect that.
How does our calculator work?
Basically, we estimated that compared to a normal public court proceeding, all the steps related to physical hearings, appointment of the judge etc. should be much quicker on the Open Justice Platform as the full procedure will be carried out online. So referring to the Doing Business data under the classification “Filing and Service” and “Trial and Judgement”, we believe that this technology will allow users to save 80% of the time.
When it comes to cost evaluation, this part is quite tricky as the Open Justice Platform provides the medium through which the resolution of a dispute happens but not the service itself (e.g. offering you a legal representative that will represent you during the procedure).
What we believe is that there will be a reduction of at least 20% of the fees related to the attorney and court, overall. As the entire procedure is digital, administrative expenses should be close to none. Moreover, attorneys will be able to manage the entire dispute flow online at their own convenience, so this should bring their costs down. These are still early assumptions and at Jur we are committed to continue collecting and gathering data ourselves to better quantify the improvements brought by our solution.
We like to see the Justice Card as an initial attempt to share the depth of the justice problem. This will be an ongoing chapter for Jur: to try to bring more awareness and transparency when it comes to the costs and inefficiencies of the justice sector. We love the idea of being able to use a simple tool to convey the ‘why’ behind what we do at Jur.
We welcome any entity or association that wants to collaborate with us to define this concept better. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
We would like to hear your feedback! Try our Justice Card and let us know in our community channels what you think about it or if you have any suggestions or ideas to improve it.