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Hilarious (and Dark) Side of Automated Court Services: Replacing Courts with Websites

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Link from Richard Zorza’s inimitable Access to Justice blog: A Cautionary Tale — Cartoon Points Out the Downsides of Automated Courts

Access to justice and court systems broken (and broke)?

If our courts are broke, how can Californians get divorced? An idea,” by Ted Rall:

Excerpt: “Opinion: If our courts are broke, how can Californians get divorced? An idea….

…. We need a better way. No, not a bigger budget: that would solve the problem and reduce unemployment.

No, what we need is to automate the court system! There are, after all, algorithm-based lie detectors that determine whether you’re telling the truth by analyzing a scan of your face. Since California’s courts handle millions of cases each year, a huge database of precedents can be uploaded and used as a basis to help determine the outcome of new and future matters. And we already know from last year’s trouble-free launch of Obamacare that the Internet is the perfect tool for replacing old-fashioned human-based bureaucracies.

What could go wrong?” [Link to cartoon and commentary.]