VirtualCourthouse.com? (?VCH?) is an Internet-based service that enables mediators and arbitrators to list and market their services and manage their business of dispute resolution. VCH enables the parties to submit disputed claims, responses and supporting material in digital form for resolution by a neutral provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services such as a mediator or arbitrator.
The VCH Dispute Resolution Engine (DRE) is a combination of multimedia technologies and business processes, integrated with a customer-friendly user interface. The DRE replicates the current process of dispute resolution in an online environment, removing constraints of time and distance. The engine is a sequence of events utilizing Internet- based media technologies that is designed to resolve conflicts between two or more parties. The DRE enables the resolution of disputes by functioning as a middleware to connect the disparate business processes of attorneys, claimants, and neutrals. It permits the exchange of data between these business processes which would otherwise lack the technology interfaces essential to working together electronically.
In 2001 Judge Ahalt founded VirtualCourthouse.com a leading provider of online dispute resolution (ODR) technologies and Internet processes. VirtualCourthouse.com has resolved over 1,000 disputes. VirtualCourthouse.com has been featured on Fox and ABC News and was awarded the American Bar Association Louis Brown Award for Legal Access in 2009. http://www.youtube.com/user/VirtualCourthouse
For more information about Judge Ahalt see www.montyahalt.com
He has also served as Chief Industry Advisor for Lexis Nexis CourtLink. LexisNexis CourtLink provides electronic public access and electronic filing to the nations courts. www.courtlink.com.1999 to 2001
As Chairman of the Circuit Court for Prince George's County , Maryland Technology Committee, Judge Ahalt was the Court's Chief of Information Technology. He was responsible for organizing the Court's National electronic filing pilot entitled JusticeLINK in 1996. www.justicelink.com. This pilot represented the first comprehensive effort nationally to file pleadings electronically and to organize the Court's information electronically so that it is available to the public through electronic communications.
Judge Ahalt is an internationally recognized advocate, lecturer, and presenter of technology programs. He has made presentations to the Conference of Chief Justices, The Conference of State Court Administrators, and CTC6 the Technology Conference sponsored by the National Center for State Courts, The American Bar Association's Tech Show, The Maryland Bar Association's Tech Show and the Connecticut Bar Association's Tech Show.
He has appeared as a feature speaker on the WorldNet Dialogue Broadcast, a television satellite program of the United States Information Agency. He has also made presentations to international groups from: Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, England, Holland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Venezuela.
He was on the faculty of the Institute for Court Management-National Center for State Courts where he has conducted seminars on electronic filing, electronic public access to the courts and public policy considerations of electronic public access.
Judge Ahalt has published numerous technology articles which are published on www.montyahalt.com and www.virtualcourthouse.info.