San Mateo County Superior Court has partnered with Stanford University’s Legal Design Lab and its Regulations, Evaluation and Governance Lab to launch text message reminders of upcoming hearings for Traffic Court Litigants.

Stanford Law School has agreed to provide free text message reminders to traffic court litigants if they provide their cellphone numbers. This will allow the law school to study whether receiving a text message will indeed have a positive impact on participants’ attendance at hearings. Since this is a research study, participants are randomly selected to receive SMS reminders for court hearings. Participation is voluntary, and people can proceed normally with their court process if they choose not to participate. If people chose to participate, their cellphone number will be shared with Stanford to send a text messages about the upcoming hearing, and it will be kept confidential. No other private data will be shared with Stanford or third parties, according to county court officials.

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