Martha de la Roche and the Litigants in Person Network – ‘the big gap is the need for a more strategic and systemic focus on bringing together people on common issues’.

How did you get started in the legal field? I qualified with a law degree from Queen Mary University, London in 2008. At the time, I shared the hopes and dreams of many of my co-students. I originally wanted to be a human rights barrister but I quickly realised that was a very different undertaking … Continue reading Martha de la Roche and the Litigants in Person Network – ‘the big gap is the need for a more strategic and systemic focus on bringing together people on common issues’.

Remote Courts and the consequences of ending ‘practical obscurity’

A report from a US privacy advocacy group – the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project or STOP – picks up on some of the concerns Katherine Alteneder expressed in an interview published earlier this week. This is the issue of the balance between the conflicting demands of open justice and  privacy. Practical Obscurity: an odd but … Continue reading Remote Courts and the consequences of ending ‘practical obscurity’

Covid 19, technology and access to justice – Part 2 – changes to the service model

The first response of access to justice organisations to Covid 19 was to accommodate to the immediate closure of offices and the internal demands of the remote working of staff. That was covered in a previous post. This one covers the potential long-term effect of Covid 19 if it creates a ‘new normal’ where organisations begin … Continue reading Covid 19, technology and access to justice – Part 2 – changes to the service model

Self-Represented Litigants and Judicial Accountability: Katherine Alteneder in Conversation

Katherine Alteneder is the Consulting Senior Strategic Adviser (effectively the CEO) of the Self-Represented Litigants Network in the United States. Its mission is to connect ‘lawyers, judges and allied professionals who are creating innovative and evidence-based solutions so that self-represented litigants have meaningful access to the courts and get the legal help they need.’  What … Continue reading Self-Represented Litigants and Judicial Accountability: Katherine Alteneder in Conversation

‘We were due to open an office in St David’s Station’ – Tia Matt talks about Exeter University’s  Community Law Clinic and the impact of Covid 19

I practised law in the United States and moved to Europe in 2010. We moved to Exeter in 2013: my husband is an astrophysicist here. I was always interested in teaching and got a post in the law department.  A couple of us convinced the university to set up a law clinic – which we … Continue reading ‘We were due to open an office in St David’s Station’ – Tia Matt talks about Exeter University’s  Community Law Clinic and the impact of Covid 19