Access to civil justice has been on the research and policy agenda for a number of decades. Nevertheless, old hurdles—including costs and delays—continue to challenge access to justice, while changes in the justice system and society—the rapid technological advancement at the forefront—create both new challenges and opportunities. At the national, European and international level developments are taking place that merit comprehensive study and discussion. These evolve around four key issues that are central in this book: digitisation and in particular the use of AI in courts; privatisation of civil justice by means of ADR; increased self-representation and its repercussion on the civil justice system and legal professions; and increased specialisation of courts and procedures. This introductory chapter discusses these four topics within the framework of European civil procedure and access to justice. It addresses the papers included in this book and draws some conclusions on future pathways and new frontiers in civil justice.
|Title of host publication||New Pathways to Civil Justice in Europe|
|Subtitle of host publication||Challenges of Access to Justice|
|Editors||X.E. Kramer, A.P.G.C.F. Biard, J. Hoevenaars, E. Themeli|
|Publisher||Springer Nature Switzerland AG|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Sept 2021|