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Swansea University and Simmons Wavelength are collaborating to offer a free, two-day interactive sandbox to generate outline proposals for LegalTech. The event will be held from the 25th - 26th of January in the Computational Foundry on the Bay Campus of Swansea University.
Listen to Supreme Court President, Baroness Hale discuss the need to improve access to justice following cuts to legal aid in interview with the Law Society President Simon Davis.
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'.
Young Legal Aid Lawyers have published their new blog 'View from the Gravy Train' to dispel the idea that all lawyers, specifically legal aid lawyers, live immensely affluent lifestyles. They want to show the reality of tuition fee debt and low paid work, but they need your help - submit your experiences of working in legal aid today!
Young Legal Aid Lawyer's Blog 'Thanks to Legal Aid', aims to show the positive (as well as negative) stories of how legal aid helps families. But they need your help! Contribute your stories of working in legal aid today, to be featured on their blog.
Transform Justice have published a 12 point plan of recommendations and suggestions to mend the UK's criminal justice system and help reduce crime.
HMCTS are holding an online event, on Thursday 23rd January 1-2pm, to provide more information and understanding about HMCTS's work in the area of family public law and adoption. The webinar will include demonstrations of a new digital process for local authorities to make applications for care and supervision orders online as well as the opportunity for individuals to provide feedback. Register today.
DLA Piper are hosting an informal Pro Bono get-together in Manchester on Wednesday 15th January 2020. A great opportunity to connect with pro bono professionals from across the sector, over lunch. RSVP today!
Spotlight On: McKenzie Friends, how has their role changed in the post-LASPO climate? + New Research
Recent calls for McKenzie friends to be prohibited from charging fees have been echoed by the Bar Council, the Law Society and the Commons Justice Committee. Tied with recent research findings on the quality of McKenzie Friend advice we take a deeper look at how McKenzie friends operate and what this could mean for their future in the sector?
The Ministry of Justice have published their Statistics on Race and the criminal justice system for 2018. The report compiles statistics obtained from data sources across the Criminal Justice System and aims to ‘provide a combined perspective on the typical experiences of different ethnic groups’. The report found that in general minority ethnic groups appear to be over-represented at many stages throughout the CJS compared with the White ethnic group.
Published 18/12/2019 by
The State of the Sector Report is an annual report by Clinks, which aims to examine how voluntary organisations working with people in contact with the criminal justice system are faring across England and Wales. This 2019 edition of this report, marks the 7th year that Clinks have conducted this research, produced in Nov 2019 by Lauren Nickolls, Russell Webster, and Nicola Drinkwater and published on Clinks website.
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Family Law by Lexis Nexis have published a guide of good practice for lawyers towards litigants in person. With only 20% of family court cases now having both parties represented, it is important for lawyers to be well versed in how to manage these difficult situations whilst upholding the needs of their clients.
The MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) Approach Evaluation is a five-year project (2017-2022) carried out by Cordis Bright, an independent research and consultancy organisation, commissioned by MEAM to conduct a longitudinal evaluation of the approach. The evaluation aims to assess the impact of the MEAM approach on people facing multiple disadvantages as well as on local systems.