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Rachel Braverman introduces the work of Money and Mental Health, a charity committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.
From 11th to 13th June 2018, the Centre for Empirical Legal Studies is hosting the second UCL International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services in London.
RCJ Advice, one of the LIP Support Strategy Partners, has been funded by the latest round of the Tampon Tax Fund to expand access to legal advice for women experiencing domestic abuse through the provision of phone and email consultancy advice, digital tools, and an online forum for the front line workers who assist women. Alison Lamb, Chief Executive at RCJ Advice, provides an introduction to the project.
On 23rd April we arranged a free one day workshop on working with distressed Litigants in Person. Over 90 people registered to attend but unfortunately others were unable to join us as the event was oversubscribed. Given the high level of interest, we have provided an update on the workshop below together with next steps to ensure everyone in the LIP Network is informed about our work.
For anyone interested in trying to tell their story using maps, Alison Davis-Holland, GIS/Data Manager at the Self-Represented Litigation Network in the US, has written an article explaining how to use effective symbology to make a powerful first impression.
The recent wave of housing associations’ mega-mergers have sparked the question: is bigger necessarily better?
Grace Abu, Preventative Housing Solicitor at RCJ Advice, looks at the impact of the new super-sized housing associations on their clients
We say farewell to Ella Playfair and hello to Martha de la Roche
The first virtual court case has been held with a claimant appearing via a home laptop camera, while a judge sat in London and lawyers appeared from Belfast.
(Author: Rebecca Scott, RCJ Advice)
Shelter Legal is a website containing a wide variety of resources for housing professionals. The good news is that the comprehensive and up-to-date housing law resources are now available for free.
Nationwide survey of debt advisers looking to inform policy-making and develop new solutions
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.