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We’re conducting our annual survey to help improve and inform our future work and we’d really value your feedback You can complete the survey here, it typically takes 3 minutes. We'll be sharing the results in January. Please do forward the survey to any colleagues who work with litigants in person so they can share their experiences.
This one day event (Thursday 10th January) explores ideas for access to justice, law clinics and embedding lawtech into law schools curricula. This event is jointly organised by CLEO, the Clinical Legal Education Organisation, University of Manchester Law School and LawWorks. Register your place now.
New app building tool available that allows template documents to be populated by user responses to an online survey.
Legal Geek, Nesta and Eagle Labs are creating a roundtable to discuss the future of technology and how it can tackle the access to justice challenge.
Legal Geek is a startup community with over 6000 members with the aim to change the legal profession forever. The conference is for anyone that is a member of the law community and is the perfect opportunity to network with like minded individuals.
The Civil Procedure Rules Committee are seeking candidates with experience of working in the lay advice sector or consumer affairs. The role is based in London. Term of appointment: three years Time commitment: nine days a year Closing date for applications: Noon, 4th January 2019
Youth Access have published new data showing the extent to which 18-24 year olds have been cut off from justice since the implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act in 2012.
Get involved in a new petition from the Make Our Rights Reality campaign to ensure that young people's rights are respected and action is taken to support their access to mental health services.
The Charity Excellence Framework have created a series of links to websites that offer free support to pro bono services. The links offer a wide range of support such as IT support and software development, guides to free meeting rooms, fundraising and marketing support as well as goods and services.
What would you do with a new communications resource for the access to justice sector?
Published 30/11/2018 by Roisin O'Connell
Against a backdrop of more people facing legal problems alone, two pro bono charities will explore how closer working can improve the contribution and co-ordination of pro bono advice and representation.
Published 30/11/2018 by Roisin O'Connell
HMCTS have recently published a blog explaining the new Single Justice Procedure project - a digital case management system has been created to handle lesser offences which do not require the right of trial by jury. The new online management system, which has been implemented at Lavender Hill Magistrates Court, is designed to be accessible to everyone in order to encourage a much easier and shorter process. The system has undertaken 24,000 cases since April 2017 and now includes a tool which allows the individual to enter a plea online.
Published 21/11/2018 by Laura Keane
As part of Justice Week, a research report commissioned by the Bar Council of England and Wales revealed that funding for Justice has been cut by 27% in the past decade despite government expenditure increasing by 13% since the 2008 financial crisis.
In non-financial remedy cases where at least one party is represented, lawyers will now be expected to draft orders on the day of the hearing. Judges or legal advisers will draft the order for cases involving litigants in person.
From 21st November, Rights of Women will be running a Professional Advice Line service, providing immigration advice for non-legal professionals supporting migrant women.
Social security digital appeal service project delivers new system which has now been launched nationally, meaning anyone can submit Personal Independence Payments (PIP) appeals online
Co-Production is the idea of service users and the people working for those services being at an equal level in order to benefit from the situation. Anne Taylor, an expert by experience shares her thoughts on why co-production is so important.
The Link between Poverty and Barriers to Access to Justice - UN Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
Published 16/11/2018 by Stacey Lamb
The legal sector makes submissions to Prof. Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, highlighting the link between poverty and barriers to accessing justice.
Published 16/11/2018 by Roisin O'Connell
The University of London are holding an intercollegiate pro bono fair on the 22nd of November to give organisations the opportunity to discuss their student pro bono volunteering schemes with students and to demonstrate the pathways into the legal profession.
Early and late sittings will be piloted in civil and family courts – but the proposals will not include the criminal courts.