Triage portals – three gets challenged by four

The origin of ‘triage’, which I always took to be division into three, turns out to be the French word for selection. So, in essence, triage can be separation into any number. It is, however, often taken to be three and, in medical terms, usually signifies in an emergency situation the dying, the surviving and … Continue reading Triage portals – three gets challenged by four

Online Courts:  unintended consequences; unconsidered transparency?

The creation of an online court for England and Wales merging tribunal and court jurisdictions will bring a greater degree of transparency to some of the murkier areas of currently different jurisdictions and, indeed, invite some international comparison on our government’s efficiency. First, in relation to social security claims, there is what is little short … Continue reading Online Courts:  unintended consequences; unconsidered transparency?

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Just: Transcription, a London-based start up social enterprise rejected by the Ministry of Justice for a contract for tech-based court judgement transcription because of its precarious finances as a newly formed organisation, has secured funding from a prestigious social tech foundation to develop its work. The story of Just:’s rejection by the Ministry is told … Continue reading It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Legal Services Corporation announces timely Microsoft collaboration

The US Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has announced a partnership with Microsoft and ProBonoNet which is probably equal parts technology and politics. It has selected, after a competitive application process, Trump-stronghold Alaska and Clinton-voting Hawaii as the two states in which it will trial a ‘Microsoft portal project’, a statewide access to justice portal that … Continue reading Legal Services Corporation announces timely Microsoft collaboration

Technology and lawyers in private practice: hearing the drumbeats

Technology has certainly got the attention of the private profession around the world. Four reports on the future of legal services in specific jurisdictions, all covering the impact of innovation and technology, have been published since last August by from law societies and their equivalents covering Singapore, the United States, England and Wales and New … Continue reading Technology and lawyers in private practice: hearing the drumbeats