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We have come across a number of videos produced to help people going to court. Some of these are guides to a particular court, others talk through what a litigant or witness should do during a particular procedure. We thought we would gather them all in one place so you can see what is available. please let us know if you have come across any additional videos you think are useful.
The Home Office are offering a Assisted Digital service to support customers who need digital help to complete their immigration application online. The service does not offer immigration advice but is available to those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete an online immigration application form.
(22nd September 2017) Our criminal justice system is fiercesomely complicated – so complex that the Law Commission has proposed a massive simplification of criminal law...Read more.
(Author Jamie Goldsmith, Pro Bono Connect) Barristers and solicitors often do pro bono cases separately. Sometimes that is appropriate, but- for litigation in particular- it is much more efficient and effective to work together as a team. That is what happens in paid litigation: so why not pro bono cases too? Pro Bono Connect brings the two halves of the profession together.
(Author: Hugh McFaul, Open Justice) Reminiscent of the tag line for a well-known Dutch beer, The Open University prides itself on teaching students that other higher education institutions may struggle to reach. A clear example is The OU’s longstanding partnership with the UK prisons; studying for an OU degree is often the only realistic path to a degree for serving prisoners. Students who have completed degrees in prison testify to the positive impact this can have on their life inside, as well as post release, and the OU graduation ceremonies held within prisons are particularly inspirational.
Pinnington Law have created a glossary to help people understand the legal processes involved in divorce or separation proceedings. From the various technical terms involved in court proceedings and legal documents to the different child arrangement orders and agreements for which people can apply.
The London Legal Support Trust (LLST) presents the 2017 Great Legal Quiz: 8th November 2017, during National Pro Bono Week. The Great Legal Quiz is a fantastic evening for people to have fun and compete whilst doing their part to help support those most in need of specialist free legal advice and help.
(21st September 2017) Since Glasgow Drug Court opened its doors in 2001, problem-solving has become a recognised part of the Scottish justice system. But the Angiolini commission’s 2012 support for the approach, has launched a new wave of problem-solving courts which adapt models to meet local challenges. The briefing explores the history of three of Scotland’s newest problem-solving courts: The Aberdeen Problem-Solving Approach, Forfar Problem-Solving Court and Edinburgh Alcohol Problem-Solving Court.
(Author: Ella Playfair, National Pro Bono Week Committee) The dates of this year’s NPBW are confirmed as Monday 6 – Saturday 11 November, and for the first time we have added spotlights on the themes of health and education issues and how they interrelate with pro bono.
Melissa Mohndoro, Trainee Solicitor at RCJ Advice discusses the Supreme Court's decision to abolish Employment Tribunal fees. "The Employment Tribunals exist to provide a simple means for individuals to challenge the decisions of employers that affect their civil rights. In spite of the ever-increasing complexity of modern employment law, a great many citizens pursue claims in the employment tribunal as a litigant in person.
LawWorks have been working with stakeholders and partners to present compelling evidence to the new Justice Select Committee as part of the overall review process considering legal aid reforms. The stakeholder group has included Advice UK, the Advice Services Alliance, Coram Children's Legal Centre, Mind, JustRights, Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Law Centres Network, the Legal Action Group, London Legal Support Trust, the Personal Support Unit, Youth Access, the Bar Council, and the Immigration Practitioners Group.
FLEX (Focus on Labour Exploitation) have published a Guide to Legal Remedies for Victims of Trafficking for Labour Exploitation. The guide recognises that access to legal remedies for victims of human trafficking is about more than compensation, and that access to justice relies on access to legal assistance and support. The aim of the Guide is to provide practical information that can assist service providers in informing victims about their legal options and directing them towards legal advice.
(September 2017) The Legal Action Group have published a summary of The UK government’s position on migration post-Brexit as set out in its policy paper.
Universal Credit is the biggest change ever made to the benefits system. By 2022, more than 7 million households will be receiving it, over half of whom will be in work. The aim of Universal Credit - to simplify the benefit system - is right. But it is currently failing too many people and forcing many into debt. Universal Credit is currently being rolled out across the country, but this process is set to accelerate from October 2017. Citizens Advice has already helped 47,000 people with Universal Credit and our evidence reveals a number of problems which need to be addressed. If roll-out is not paused to allow this to happen, 7 million households face financial risk. Summary & full report available here.
(Author: Liz Gardiner, Legal Rights Adviser at Working Families) Working Families is the UK’s work life balance charity, and provides free legal advice by telephone and email for parents and carers about their employment rights. We have a particular expertise in maternity, paternity and shared parental leave rights, and flexible working requests. We offer parents advice on their legal rights, and pragmatic guidance on negotiating solutions to problems with their employers. We are also able to offer advice on in-work benefits. We run a dedicated network for parents of disabled children who work, or wish to work. We’re happy to provide second tier advice to advisers, or to parents/carers direct on our helpline 0300 012 0312 or email email@example.com.
Following the publication of the Bar Standards Board’s guidance for the public and for professionals on immigration and asylum related issues in June 2017, translated versions of the guidance for consumers are now available. The guidance is available in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Pashto, Punjabi, Romani, Turkish & Urdu. Hard copies of the guidance are available on request.
Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has a range of Practical Guides for individuals on the two key areas of their legal work: applications for bail to secure release from immigration detention, and challenging deportation on grounds of length of residence and family life.
Following the “Transforming our justice system” White Paper in September 2016, plans for a new Online Court are underway. HMCTS’ reform programme aims to streamline a number of different services online and provide more accessible ways for non-lawyers to commence and respond to claims. Moving proceedings online will especially impact the civil courts, where the number of litigants in person has risen sharply.
(Author: Toby Brown, barrister at South Square chambers and trustee at the Access to Justice Foundation) Many of you reading this will be aware of pro bono costs. But for those who don’t know, pro bono costs are the equivalent of normal legal costs, yet are available when the winning party was assisted by free of charge legal representation. Under section 194 of the Legal Services Act 2007 the losing party pays the equivalent sum of costs to the Access to Justice Foundation. The Foundation then distributes the funds to support organisations that provide free legal help to those in need. So the scheme levels the playing field for pro bono assisted parties in terms of costs risks and therefore can help parties settle, and produces extra money for justice. But why then are we not getting more pro bono costs?
UKAJI Research Roadmap – where have we been and where do we need to go with research on administrative justice?
Since starting work nearly three years ago, UKAJI’s primary tasks have been to bring together researchers, research users, policy makers, practitioners, and others to encourage more empirically based research into administrative justice and to design an agenda for future research. This blog post summarises their consultation paper, which results from that engagement. Responses to the consultation will contribute to the research roadmap they will propose for future research needs in administrative justice.