Lessons from Shoreditch: LegalGeek, the tin man and access to justice

Over the last couple of days, LegalGeek has held two conferences in London. Both were sell outs – 2000 at the general and 200 at the specialist gatherings. The main one was the third in an annual series with last year’s reported here. The subsidiary day was a new venture – orientated toward design. Both … Continue reading Lessons from Shoreditch: LegalGeek, the tin man and access to justice

Activists Speaking 5: Julie’s Story -Julie Bishop, Law Centres Network

I have been director of the Law Centres Network for over 10 years. I thought I would stay for three; but have never left. Previously, I was director of Australia’s National Association of Community Legal Centres. Oddly enough, I got into that role through IT. I was employed by the association to bring in a … Continue reading Activists Speaking 5: Julie’s Story -Julie Bishop, Law Centres Network

Law, Access to Justice and Technology – Back to Basics

Forgive me, Lord, for I have sinned. I have been seduced by the promise of sophisticated applications, artificial intelligence, guided pathways and other advanced uses of an increasingly interactive internet. And, reviewing progress within a financially hard pressed legal services sector, I have paid insufficient attention to the basics: the installation of productivity tools and … Continue reading Law, Access to Justice and Technology – Back to Basics

Online Court Plans: now you see them – now you don’t

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), responsible for court administration in England and Wales, pays considerable attention to public presentation of its online court modernisation programme, which it boasts as the most ambitious in the world. The previous blog  questioned its somewhat relentless optimism. Now, we discover (credit here for Legal Futures that first raised this) … Continue reading Online Court Plans: now you see them – now you don’t

Court Modernisation in England and Wales: decoding two new reports

For those following the juggernaut that is Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’s online court programme for England and Wales, there are two new must-read publications. The first is the latest update on the reform programme. The second is a research report on implementing video hearings in tax appeals. Those with more detailed professional or … Continue reading Court Modernisation in England and Wales: decoding two new reports