The Law Society is calling on people passionate about access to justice to come together with technologists at a one day event to help identify and build solutions to the justice problems experience by the sector and our users. The hackathon is a free event that will take place on 25 February from 9:45am - 5:00pm at the Law Society on Chancery Lane.
Published 09/01/2020 by Professor Gráinne McKeever and Dr Lucy Royal-Dawson
Network members, Law and Social Justice Professor Gráinne McKeever and Dr Lucy Royal-Dawson from Ulster University, share some news about their project 'Understanding the support needs of Litigants in Person through Human Centred Design'.
The chatbot named Mona operates through Facebook Messenger and Telegram, and where overstretched humanitarian charities may take a while to respond, Mona can reply instantly with legal advice.
Published 06/11/2019 by Claire Gilbert
A new study by Oxford's Saïd Business School will be launched to study the lawtech 'ecosystem'. The 18-month project will 'map the movement of people and finance in and out of the system,' and aim to enhance the innovation and startup scene by identifying principal players. The government's Economic and Social Research Council has provided £213,000 funding. The project will complement existing University of Oxford research, also funded by the research council, which is seeking to ’unlock the potential for AI for English law’.
The Law Society has released an introductory guide to lawtech which will help solicitors and others delivering legal services to consider the merits of technology in their professional practice.
Published 03/05/2019 by Stacey Lamb
Research by mmadigital shows that cost and lack of understanding of legal services could see consumer clients try to avoid direct contact with lawyers.
Published 20/09/2018 by Christian Gunther
Triage tools, legal portals, guided pathways. Whatever the terminology, the use of technology to gather information from service users and signpost or refer them, based on that information given, to appropriate services is a much sought after resource. Getting the model right is an undeniable challenge but there are some good international examples of how to make the right technology work in the right situations.
What's out there and what's to come in terms of providing access to justice through technology to litigants in person and other vulnerable users.
Lexis Nexis are looking for potential partners in the advice sector that would benefit from a triage or prioritisation tool to increase the number of people they can help and improve their operations. This is part of a project LexisNexis kicked off in 2017 to support the advice sector as part of their CSR initiatives.
Human centred legal design has the potential to deliver enormous benefits not just to the to legal profession but to the everyday person when encountering the law. Legal Geek conference scheduled for October
From the reform of HMCTS and the introduction of Assisted Digital, to the use of artificial intelligence to predict the outcome of your case, it seems where there's a legal dispute there's a digital solution We've pulled together a brief overview of some of the most relevant developments to look at how their introduction might help, or hinder, litigants in person.
The new web tool uses an algorithm to work out if there is a good case, prepares a letter to send to the defendant and calculates what it believes the case is worth. Alongside, it provides case evaluation, letter and valuation tools.
(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.
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.
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: Emily MacLoud, Head of Casework, The Bar Pro Bono Unit. This year the Bar Pro Bono Unit is taking our service online. Along with HMCTS, ACAS and other agencies, we have created an accessible digital platform, which we hope will make our application process simpler and quicker for applicants, frontline agencies and volunteering barristers.
An issue that often crops up within the access to justice arena is how to effectively signpost and refer clients to other organisations. Many organisations have their own internal systems in place, but these referral systems allow organisations share an electronic referral system with other partners, such as advice agencies or local authorities.