(Author: Joanna Sidhu, CrowdJustice) CrowdJustice is the only crowdfunding platform built for legal cases. Launched in May 2015, CrowdJustice’s mission is to increase access to justice by helping communities come together around legal issues that matter to them. The site gives people the tools to raise funds needed for a legal case, whilst raising awareness around specific issues and giving communities a voice. Along the way, CrowdJustice has helped raise over £3m to fund hundreds of cases, three of which have gone all the way to the Supreme Court.
(Author: Sue Day, Citizens Advice Shepway) Since the changes to Legal Aid in 2013 Advice Agencies and the public have struggled. Advice Agencies because previous provision and funding of legal advice has shrunk dramatically and the public because their need for legal advice, assistance and representation remains undiminished but the ability to access this in some areas is no longer there and in others is greatly reduced.
Ellen Taylor, from Derbyshire Law Centre, explains their plans to use funding, provided by the Ministry of Justice through the Litigant in Person Support Strategy, to develop their Lip Service.