Research and reports
These reports present the key statistics on activity in the legal aid system for England and Wales.
The House of Lords Constitution Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the constitutional implications of Covid-19. They are currently calling for evidence on the implications of Covid-19 on the court system. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 20 August at 12 noon.
Etic Lab and the Routes to Justice project have published their strategic overview, which details the findings of a feasibility study designed to evaluate the potential of digital technologies, including teleconferencing, data analytics and machine learning, to enhance access to justice in the UK legal system.
As part of the Routes to Justice project, and following the release of their recent report, the team at Etic Lab held a briefing on the implications for the project and the sector post Covid-19. You can find the recording of their briefing and the presentation slides here.
The Grata Fund have produced a new report discussing how COVID-19 has forced Australian courts into various stages of closure and adoption of new technologies. While these changes have created some issues, they have also seen technological adaptations that without a pandemic could have taken years, heralding new opportunities and new risks for access to justice.
The Clinical Legal Education Handbook, published by the University of London, is intended to act as a good practice guide and practical resource for those engaged in the design and delivery of clinical legal education programmes at university law schools.
The SpareHand platform has been developed to help charities find, manage and coordinate volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Each Other reports that undocumented migrants are being forced to sleep rough during coronavirus pandemic amid an increase in illegal evictions and a lack of government guidance, lawyers have warned. Read the full story here.
In response to the move to remote hearings in the Family Justice System, Nuffield Family Justice Observatory have today published their ‘Remote hearings in the family justice system: a rapid consultation.’. Read our overview here.
The Civil Justice Council has commissioned an independent review to gather feedback on the impact of COVID measures on the civil justice system. Add your views via survey, consultation response or consultation meeting.
The Administrative Justice Council hosted a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the administrative justice system. Presentation included an overview of how COVID-19 has impacted their sector as well as the challenges have been, opportunities for improved working and the effect on vulnerable users
This doctoral study from Northumbria University focuses on the barriers that survivors of gender-based violence experience to engaging with the justice system. The study will evaluate perceptions of access to justice for victims of gender-based violence and examine the role that organisations play in supporting their service users. Please participate in this study by completing this 15-minute questionnaire.
Equality and Human Rights Commission Inquiry:‘Does the Criminal Justice System treat disabled people fairly?’
Following the Covid-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Justice has drastically expanded its use of online hearings to replace the high number of face-to-face hearings that would have ordinarily taken place. However, the Equality and Human Rights Commission have raised concerns in their most recent inquiry, about the impact these online hearings could potentially have on access to justice for disabled people within the criminal justice system.
In this article for UK Administrative Justice, Dr Jaime Lindsey from the University of Essex, explores the use of virtual hearings in the Court of Protection, highlighting the number of challenges these hearings present as well as opportunities and reflections on how we might respond to their use.
Public Law Project want to hear if you have been involved in a remote JR hearing in the Admin Court recently.
The Children's Society Crisis Support project, have put together a form to collect evidence from staff and volunteers involved in the provision of emergency financial support through this crisis. The aim is to enable workers to share the issues that are arising in real time - and make sure that these issues are heard quickly by decision makers, please participate here
UKAJI is launching a series of blogs, opinion pieces, and news summaries on the theme of Covid-19 and administrative justice to consider how this pandemic has, will do, should, or could affect administrative justice. If you are interesting in submitting or collaborating on a piece, or subscribing to updates on how the pandemic is changing administrative justice you can find more information here.
Following the outbreak of coronavirus in the UK, the Mayor of London’s office want to know whether you are producing, or are aware of, other sources of advice for low-income Londoners that the hub could signpost to.
The Legal Needs of Individuals in England and Wales Report, jointly commissioned by the Legal Services Board (LSB) and the Law Society, presents the findings of the ‘2019 Survey of Legal Needs of Individuals in England and Wales’ conducted on their behalf by YouGov.
Published 05/03/2020 by Johnny Tan
The stress of litigation affects stakeholders adversely in many ways, exposing all to significant mental health risks. It is imperative that we take concrete steps to address the problem.