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.
HMCTS have launched a dedicated webpage which will collect all thier updates and announcements regarding the court reform programme.
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.
The Ministry of Justice’s top civil servant and the chief executive of HM Courts and Tribunal Service stress that technology will not help deliver justice for everyone and that non-digital systems must remain alongside digital ones.
The National Audit Office have reported on HMCTS progress against their court reform proposals.
Rachel Braverman introduces the work of Money and Mental Health, a charity committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.
(December 2017) Please click here to see a specially prepared updated from HMCTS on their £1bn reform programme. In this update, HMCTS have set out by jurisdiction some of the key things they have already done and some of the things you can expect to see over the next 18 months.
LawWorks have been working with stakeholders and partners to present compelling evidence to the new Justice Select Committee as part of the overall review process considering legal aid reforms. The stakeholder group has included Advice UK, the Advice Services Alliance, Coram Children's Legal Centre, Mind, JustRights, Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Law Centres Network, the Legal Action Group, London Legal Support Trust, the Personal Support Unit, Youth Access, the Bar Council, and the Immigration Practitioners Group.
(September 2017) The Legal Action Group have published a summary of The UK government’s position on migration post-Brexit as set out in its policy paper.
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.
A new report from The Law Society, four years after LASPO, which includes 25 recommendations to government.
The Law Society has recently produced new tools designed to help law firms and in-house teams develop the capacity and strategic presence of pro bono work to improve access to justice and meet unmet legal needs. The Law Society launched it’s Pro Bono Charter in November 2016. The Charter is a statement of commitment that firms and in-house teams can endorse and is a public commitment to support pro bono. It offers a great opportunity to highlight your law firm or organisation’s pro bono work. By signing the Statement of Commitment, your law firm or organisation is demonstrating its commitment to improving access to justice for those individuals and organisations who have legal needs and are ineligible for legal aid and unable to afford to pay for legal services.
HMCTS delivered a useful presentation at a recent LawWorks roundtable event. The 10 minute talk provided an quick overview of the Court Modernisation Programme and other aspects of Change Programme. Here is the presentation.
This blog from HMCTS provides regular updates about news and upcoming changes to their services. Find out more about how each change is progressing and how it will affect you.