All posts by Roger Smith

Court Digitalisation: Who Benefits?

No one would actually want to spend time reading the Ministry of Justice’s recent response to a consultation on raising court fees – particularly if you are living out of the affected jurisdiction. Still less would you recommend anyone to peruse the accompanying four impact assessments and the Welsh translation. You get the gist if … Continue reading Court Digitalisation: Who Benefits?

‘Do It Yourself’ does not mean ‘Fire and Forget’: more lessons on document self assembly

London-based public legal education NGO, Law for Life  provides another lesson in document self assembly to follow the two previous posts. Its self assembly tool has led to a successful threat of strategic judicial review litigation against a government department. This provides a good example of how the routine can evolve into the strategic and … Continue reading ‘Do It Yourself’ does not mean ‘Fire and Forget’: more lessons on document self assembly

Driving Forward from Document Self Assembly

Something remarkable happened after publication of the last post on July 13th on automated document self-assembly. This was based on examination of a a self-assembly letter drafted by LawHelpInteractive for Montana Legal Services Association. Google Analytics reported that around over 400 people consulted the site that day, the overwhelming majority within an hour of publication. … Continue reading Driving Forward from Document Self Assembly

Big Sky Thinking in Big Sky Country – the future of automated document assembly

Few readers will be assiduous followers of legal developments in access to justice within the US state of Montana. So the chances are that most missed a recent story. On 7 July, Montana Legal Services tweeted about assistance for former tenants needing help in get return of their security deposit. This included a link to … Continue reading Big Sky Thinking in Big Sky Country – the future of automated document assembly

From Sydney with Love: technology and the international

Last month over 100 people from over 30 countries  met virtually to discuss the state of legal aid globally. Sessions covered a variety of topics including health-justice partnerships, holistic services (very popular), crime, young persons, quality assurance, the impact of Covid, and the services available in the host jurisdiction of New South Wales. Logistically, the … Continue reading From Sydney with Love: technology and the international