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UNDERSTANDING COURTS

Counselling and parenting courses in British Columbia In British Columbia, Canada, parents who initiate divorce/separation proceedings in Rule 21 registries of the Provincial Court (17 out of 44 court registries in the province) are obliged to attend a mandatory 3-hour Parenting After Separation course. The course explains the effects of separation on parents and their children. Another four Provincial Court registries (Rule 5 registries) require both of the spouses to meet a Family Justice Counsellor before the commencement of court proceedings. Hence, almost half of the provincial courts in BC have developed out-of-court procedures to facilitate the smoother dissolution of families, increase informed decision making and, whenever possible, decrease the contentiousness of subsequent court proceedings.

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Courts in Uganda Almost nine in ten Ugandans reported justiciable problems in the past four years. Land problems, mostly with neighbours and family members, are most prevalent, followed by crime and family problems. 38% of problem owners do not take any action. Of those taking action, 46% used the local country court, which has informal procedures aimed at reconciliation and dispute resolution. Only 5% of problems went to the formal courts, which is a similar rate as found in high income countries. Across seven dimensions of procedural and substantive justice, both types of courts achieve rather similar ratings. Local council courts are more accessible (lower costs, less time to be spent) but appearing in these courts is more stressful for the average user. Internet penetration in March 2015 was 32% and continues to grow., Uganda was one of first African countries to be connected. The internet is not yet used for legal information. However, people tend to use their social network for this, go to the local council court or to the police .(Justice needs in Uganda 2016, Legal problems in daily life, HiiL Innovating Justice 2016).

HiiL Trend Report IV ODR and the Courts: The Promise of 100% Access to Justice?  

As innovators within the ODR world, through our Rechtwijzer platform, we were delighted to host this years annual Online Dispute Resolution...

HiiL Trend Report IV ODR and the Courts: The Promise of 100% Access to Justice?  

As innovators within the ODR world, through our Rechtwijzer platform, we were delighted to host this years annual Online Dispute Resolution...

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