Start-up from Estonia revolutionizes arbitration courts

With Jury.Online everyone can become a judge at a court of arbitration even without legal studies.

The judges will be displayed anonymously on the homepage and you can choose between different judges according to their ratings and experience. The costs of arbitration will be set by the judges in advance. The whole process will be carried out digitally, with all evidence uploaded as digital documents, photos or videos. The judges will announce their decisions separately and anonymously, so that the other judges will get to know the final decision only after announcement of the decision. The conscious intention is that judges will not have the possibility to agree previously with their co-judges. The idea behind digital courts of arbitration is to resolve disputes more economically and more quickly but without attracting huge amounts of unwanted attention. In this way the courts of arbitration will really enjoy the benefit of experts specializing in particular cases, in disputes on specific subjects rather than just individuals with a law degree.

No doubt the digitalization of arbitration raises the question of admissibility. But since Estonian law sets no special requirements for arbitration courts, a digital court of arbitration would be treated as a traditional court of arbitration. However, it is questionable whether judges can remain anonymous until announcement of a decision, as § 745 of the Estonian Code of Civil Procedure requires them to sign the decision. However, this problem could be resolved by changing the procedural rules of the digital court of arbitration.

To use the jurisdiction of a court of arbitration, the parties must have agreed to do so. If a court of arbitration announces a decision, it must be filed with the district court for approval. The same applies to traditional courts of arbitration.


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