Policy and Reform Workstream
Teh Refugee Action Coronavirus Asylum Handbook draws together frontline organisations’ current and longer-term approaches and strategies to adapting their services and delivering support. It is not designed to be a service directory or map operational updates but it will signpost to the excellent advice, resources and policy updates that have been produced and are already in the public domain.
Law for Life have just created an Advicenow 'know-how' linking to guidance that is out so far on video hearings.
Planning for the future can be difficult at the best of times but add a global pandemic and a complete restructure of the way we interact as a society into the mix and it gets a little trickier. This blog sets out things for us to think about any plan for over the next crucial six months.
The Society for Computers and Law has joined with HMCTS and the Tech Nation, LawTech Delivery Panel to establish Remote Courts Worldwide, a global initiative to help public court services cope with coronavirus and support the development of remote alternatives to traditional court hearings
A message from the CEO of HMCTS on the temporary changes to the way in which courts and tribunals will operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For all things housing law check out the specialist Nearly Legal website for England, run by solicitors and barristers practising in the field. The site provides information, updates and discussion on housing and landlord & tenant law. Issues covered include homelessness, possession and forfeiture, unlawful eviction, disrepair and housing fitness, regulation and licensing, service and major works charges, right to manage and anything else that interests us. Contents include frequent case reports, updates on statute law, guides and key documents.
Published 27/11/2019 by Claire Gilbert
THE GENERAL ELECTION & HUMAN RIGHTS Rights Info is looking at each of the party manifestos and has picked out the key policies relating to human rights. There are huge issues in this election around access to justice and protections of rights. This useful summary brings together the pledges in one place. Rights Info will be updating their page as new manifestos are released.
Published 13/11/2019 by Claire Gilbert
Frontline Network ran a seven-question survey, asking frontline workers for their views on repealing s21 of the Housing Act 1988 (No Fault Evictions). The findings confirmed that frontline workers strongly believe landlords should no longer be able to evict tenants at short notice, and without good reason. Key Findings: * 73% of frontline workers believed that Section 21 (Housing Act 1988) should be repealed, in contrast to 12% who didn’t (15% were unsure). * Most significantly, 84% of frontline workers stated they have supported individuals who have been made homeless as a result of receiving a Section 21 eviction notice. * A further 75% of frontline workers believe that Section 21 (Housing Act 1988) has either a negative or very negative impacted upon their ability to prevent homelessness. * Most frontline workers, 71%, believed that repealing Section 21 (Housing Act 1988) would have a positive or very positive impact on their ability to prevent homelessness in the future.
The Legal Services Board will be talking about its initial high level findings from the largest ever legal needs survey in England & Wales on 29th October.
Homeless Link’s Annual Review: Support for Single Homeless People in England provides a comprehensive picture of the state of the homelessness sector and is the only data source of its kind available on homelessness services in England. It relies on help from its members and other frontline services to collect data and present information on the current service provision for people experiencing homelessness in England. If you work in the sector, your help is invaluable.
Published 01/10/2019 by Lisa Naylor
The Law Society's report presents a thorough and interesting look at the impact of technology on the access to justice sector and what can be done to make improvements in the future.
Published 18/01/2019 by Stacey Lamb
Article on what it's like to be a litigant in person is among the winners of the Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards.
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.
The Indian Punjab and Haryana High Court has begun utilising IT to support litigants, lawyers and judges in a variety of ways.
Cardiff University Lecturer, Jess Mant discusses what inspired her research on litigants in person in the family court.
As part of HMCTS court reform process more and more services are moving to online systems. To help people navigate and use these new online tool "Assisted Digital" has been designed to support users of the system. HMCTS have now provided an update on the progress of Assisted Digital design.
The digitisation of the court process will fundamentally change how litigants in person interact, not just with the courts, but with the whole legal process.
The UK Administrative Justice Institute have written a blog post on the recent report by the National Audit Office's independent review of Universal Credit, in particular the observation that the Department for Work and Pensions has resisted accepting the accumulating evidence on hardship caused by delays and sanctions in the administration of Universal Credit. How can researchers help to counter this politicisation of evidence?
It's been five years since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act came into force and drastically reduced the scope and availability of legal aid funding. We are following the post-implementation review process and feeding back to the Network to enable the views of organisations working directly with litigants in person to be shared.
HMCTS have published their latest update on the progress of the court reform process.