A sense of irony is an unvalued quality among modern civil servants, at least here in London. The rising court manager of today is relentlessly on message, reflecting the style of a well-trained politician. This is dangerous – to policy development in the longterm and to to policy presentation in the short. Take the example … Continue reading Modernising the Courts: questionable values, insufficient irony and problematic presentation
The failure of the Rechtwijzer, the symbol of what was to be the brave new world of mass digital legal services aimed at those on low incomes, raises a question about the future. Were the digital naysayers right? A recent post from veteran commentator and tireless compiler Delia Venables in her Internet Newsletter for Lawyers widens … Continue reading The Forward March of Digital Halted: or only checked?
The IBA has published a report on the impact of robotics and AI on the workplace. Its central concern is the need to refashion employment law. The co-ordinator of the report, Gerlind Wisskirchen, said ‘The AI phenomenon is on an exponential curve, while legislation is doing its best on an incremental basis. New labour and employment … Continue reading International Bar Association On Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: good overview but careful not to frighten the horses
The increasing importance of the role played litigants in person within the English and Welsh courts has been recognised by the creation of an online litigant in person network. The aim is to provide an online platform for the range of people, organisations and institutions involved in seeking to address the issues raised by what … Continue reading Self Represented Litigants in England and Wales: the Litigants in Person Network
The Law Society of New South Wales has added its contribution to studies of what is coming to legal services with The Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (flip). This followed a commission inquiry inspired by the American Bar Association’s equivalent. It has given rise to a report which is comparable – though … Continue reading The Future of Law: New South Wales weighs in