The Law Society has released an introductory guide to lawtech which will help solicitors and others delivering legal services to consider the merits of technology in their professional practice.
JustFair and SRANE (Social Rights Alliance North East) have produced a toolkit for bringing people together to discuss social change. With a tagline "Talk.Act.Change." the toolkit offers an agenda and methodology for holding meetings on social issues and working towards change.
Later this month, Salford University plans to launch a new legal advice clinic in which second and third year law students will offer advice on employment, housing and family matters. Supervision will come from the university's academic staff plus two local law firms.
Published 25/09/2019 by Claire Gilbert
Campaign groups, including the Youth Justice Legal Centre, the Howard League for Penal Reform, and Just for Kids Law, have published best practice guidance for criminal practitioners on effective advocacy for Looked-After children at the police station.
Published 03/05/2019 by Stacey Lamb
Research by mmadigital shows that cost and lack of understanding of legal services could see consumer clients try to avoid direct contact with lawyers.
An acknowledgement of the important role that services such as lawyer for the day programs, court service centers, court clerks and self help materials play.
In response to an increased demand for employment law and discrimination services across England and Wales Job Law have recently welcomed Azra Choudry as a new member of their team.
Published 20/09/2018 by Christian Gunther
Triage tools, legal portals, guided pathways. Whatever the terminology, the use of technology to gather information from service users and signpost or refer them, based on that information given, to appropriate services is a much sought after resource. Getting the model right is an undeniable challenge but there are some good international examples of how to make the right technology work in the right situations.
What's out there and what's to come in terms of providing access to justice through technology to litigants in person and other vulnerable users.
On the 25th of September it will be the 10 year anniversary of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (CLEP 10). This provides a great opportunity for members to spotlight access to justice issues.
CPAG (the Child Poverty Action Group) have launched the 'Early Warning System' project to record the impact of benefit changes since 2013 on individuals and families across England and Wales. You can record your experiences through their system now.
Mental Health issues experiences by litigants in person was highlighted as one of the key issues facing the sector but following our Mental Health training in April it emerged that supporting staff and volunteers who engage with distressed people in emotive circumstances is just as important.
Legal Choices is a website which was set up by the legal services regulators to act as an independent source of public legal education on access to the legal services market. Its aim is to increase access to legal advice and representation.
In essence, Legal Design reformats the presentation of legal advice, information services and resources in a way which makes it easily accessible and understandable. Legal design puts the users of the system at the heart of its considerations and develops services and products based solely on their needs, understanding and likely user journey.
Lexis Nexis are looking for potential partners in the advice sector that would benefit from a triage or prioritisation tool to increase the number of people they can help and improve their operations. This is part of a project LexisNexis kicked off in 2017 to support the advice sector as part of their CSR initiatives.
Human centred legal design has the potential to deliver enormous benefits not just to the to legal profession but to the everyday person when encountering the law. Legal Geek conference scheduled for October
The Provincial Court of British Columbia, in partnership with Clicklaw, have created (regularly updated) mobile-friendly guides to online legal information resources for self-represented litigants, and others who require assistance when starting out on the path to problem resolution for Provincial Court matters.
Judges in Nova Scotia learn about the challenges faced by the African community in the justice system
“We all carry with us lived experiences that shape who we are and what we believe, and those experiences help guide the decisions we make...it is important that we take time to better understand the world view of those who turn to us for relief, particularly when those individuals come from a background different than our own.”
From the reform of HMCTS and the introduction of Assisted Digital, to the use of artificial intelligence to predict the outcome of your case, it seems where there's a legal dispute there's a digital solution We've pulled together a brief overview of some of the most relevant developments to look at how their introduction might help, or hinder, litigants in person.