Access to Justice News
Family drug and alcohol courts (FDAC) ‘one of the most important developments in family justice in the last 40 years’ will close in September due to lack of funds. Independent evaluations show that FDAC saves local authorities who support the problem-solving model £2.30 for every £1 spent.
Rachel Braverman introduces the work of Money and Mental Health, a charity committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.
RCJ Advice, one of the LIP Support Strategy Partners, has been funded by the latest round of the Tampon Tax Fund to expand access to legal advice for women experiencing domestic abuse through the provision of phone and email consultancy advice, digital tools, and an online forum for the front line workers who assist women. Alison Lamb, Chief Executive at RCJ Advice, provides an introduction to the project.
On 23rd April we arranged a free one day workshop on working with distressed Litigants in Person. Over 90 people registered to attend but unfortunately others were unable to join us as the event was oversubscribed. Given the high level of interest, we have provided an update on the workshop below together with next steps to ensure everyone in the LIP Network is informed about our work.
For anyone interested in trying to tell their story using maps, Alison Davis-Holland, GIS/Data Manager at the Self-Represented Litigation Network in the US, has written an article explaining how to use effective symbology to make a powerful first impression.
We say farewell to Ella Playfair and hello to Martha de la Roche
(Author: Margaret Doyle, Senior Research Fellow, UK Administrative Justice Institute) ‘What is administrative justice?’ is one of the pages on UKAJI’s website most viewed by visitors. Does this suggest that readers don’t know what it means, or is it simply difficult to define?
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LegalVoice is an online magazine about ‘access to justice’. It is aimed at legal aid law firms, the not-for-profit sector and all organisations providing publicly-funded legal advice in the UK. It was launched in May 2012 anticipating the impact of the LASPO (Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act) cuts.
A resource for all those interested in the use of technology to advance access to justice around the world. Technology will change all our lives. Its impact on access to justice is no less certain. This blog is funded by The Legal Education Foundation as a resource for all those concerned to discuss, investigate and evaluate to investigate what is happening around the world. The site content will initially be managed by Roger Smith, an English solicitor who has worked in the field of legal services and human rights and written widely about them.
OpenJustice (hosted by OpenDemocracy) have recently published a series of articles focusing on the issues affecting people’s ability to seek a remedy through the courts: to stand up to bullies and protect themselves against the powerful. The series looks at why access to justice matters, the impact that the legal aid cuts have had and possible solutions to the access to justice crisis.