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This programme is designed to support service users of the Hibiscus Initiative’s Community Resettlement Project.
A Multimedia project for Roma parents delivered by Law for Life in Derby, Rotherham and London
New edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book launched
(Author: Jill Canvin, analogue.DIGITAL) No more carrier bags of documents for you to sort out! OnRecord is designed to help litigants in person to help themselves and for you to help them more easily.
The report ‘Meeting the information needs of litigants in person’, commissioned by the Civil Justice Council from Law for Life’s Advicenow team followed the 2011 Civil Justice Council report ‘Access to Justice for Litigants in Person’. The report makes three key recommendations: - Put litigants in person at the centre of legal information production, - Fill topic gaps by producing effective LiP focused materials, - Build the capacity and expertise of those involved in producing public legal information. It includes a practical quick start guide on how to produce LIP-centred public legal information, drawing on best practice and lessons from other sectors and jurisdictions. Also interesting for many will be the individual survey responses from judges and litigants in person contained in the appendices. Law for Life welcomes feedback on the report and suggestions for future additions. You can get in touch here: https://www.advicenow.org.uk/contact
Rights without remedies: legal aid and access to justice for children - report from Coram Children’s Legal Centre
Since the measures in the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) came into force in April 2013, at least 6,000 children each year have been left without access to free legal advice and representation in many areas of civil law – some estimates are as high as 15,000...
Law for Life has launched a new teaching guide – Section 21 eviction notices: learning about the process and developing strategies for dealing with private rented housing problems. This resource, intended for use with intermediaries in community organisations, focuses on the development of legal capability. We have used these materials with particular groups, such as migrants or people in receipt of social security benefits, who are more likely to be affected by poor housing conditions and unlawful evictions, and are least likely to report disrepair or rogue landlords.
Global Insights on Access to Justice: Findings from the World Justice Project General Population Poll in 45 Countries
New report from the Global Justice Project: "Global Insights on Access to Justice" is the first-ever effort to capture comparable data on legal needs and public access to civil justice on a global scale, representing the voices of more than 46,000 people in 45 countries.
Gateshead Enterprises - the Community Interest Company funding and supporting Citizens Advice Gateshead
(Author: Vikkie Wilkinson, Development Manager at Gateshead Enterprises) In 2012 the Trustee Board of Citizens Advice Gateshead were facing some huge challenges – as one of the biggest Community Law Advice Centres in England the reform of Legal Aid meant the loss of 60 staff and some £3 million income for the organisation alongside the huge impact to the local community.
Roger Smith has produced a report, commissioned by The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF), entitled "Digital Delivery of Legal Services to People on Low Incomes". TLEF Chairman, Guy Beringer, says "We hope that the Report will stimulate others to let us know of advances that they are making or are aware of others making in this important area of using information technology to provide low cost legal service to people. These developments are not a magic bullet but taken together they can make a difference to the lives of a lot of people. We intend to update the Report on an annual basis as a record of developments in the provision of IT based legal service.”
(Author: Alison Lamb, CEO RCJ Advice) Since December 2017 we have been delivering SPIPs across London. We took time to consider how this fits with our legal advice delivery but having delivered the SPIPS for 6 weeks now we value what it achieves for parents and believe there is a potential to help support an ‘out of court’ pathway.
LiPSS and the Network have recently launched a working party on mental health and vulnerability. After an initial meeting in 2017, it became apparent that there is a desire in the sector for training relating to vulnerable clients and those with mental health issues. In particular, training relating to one-off client meetings (for example, meeting an LiP for the first time on the day of their court hearing).
Earlier this year, Hastings-based seAp won the 2017 Charity Times Award for their ground-breaking online web app which enables people across England and Scotland to access their expertise digitally. The organisation, which provides advocacy for people needing help to access their rights, beat seven other organisations – including the National Trust and Age UK – to win the award for the best use of technology.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is providing a service for advisers and those who support individuals with their problems. Do you want the chance to talk through a case involving equality or human rights issues? Experts at EHRC Adviser support are here to assist, through a telephone-based second tier advice service.
Advicelocal is a new postcode tool that can help with questions relating to seven areas of law - welfare benefits and tax credits; council tax; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; employment and work issues; disability and social care; and asylum and immigration. Enter a postcode and choose an advice topic to find tailored information for a particular area, including key local authority resources and details of local independent advice organisations.
(December 2017) Please click here to see a specially prepared updated from HMCTS on their £1bn reform programme. In this update, HMCTS have set out by jurisdiction some of the key things they have already done and some of the things you can expect to see over the next 18 months.
All those eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds can apply from today, following a successful opening phase of the scheme. You can get a refund if you paid fees at an Employment Tribunal or Employment Appeals Tribunal between 29 July 2013 and 26 July 2017. The refund scheme comes after Ministers committed to reimbursing those who had paid employment tribunal fees following a Supreme Court judgment. The court recognised the important role fees can play, but ruled that the government had not struck the right balance in this case.
(Author: Richard Grimes, Editorial Board member, International Journal of Public Legal Education) Access to justice is not just about being able to find and afford a lawyer. Being aware of rights (and responsibilities) is an important component of the A2J debate. Legal literacy is vitally important both in terms of recognising problems and knowing what to do and where to go.
(Author: Andrew Hansard, Specialist Debt Adviser, RCJ Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Islington) It was a grey and dreary Thursday afternoon at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court where four Enfield Council employees armed with clipboards and a number ticket system await a growing crowd. They have issued over 500 Liability Order Summons for non-payment of Council Tax in October 2017 and they are expecting around 20 people to turn up...
Gov.UK guide on preparing to make arrangements and reaching an agreement. This guide may be useful if someone needs to make or change child arrangements (also known as contact, access or custody) with the other parent. For example, they may need to decide where their children will live or rearrange the times they see their parents.