All posts by Roger Smith

Remote court hearings: research and requirements

All courts which have shifted to remote hearings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic will be monitoring progress. On Friday, we should get the (slightly delayed) report of the Rapid Consultation on this topic by the Civil Justice Council in England and Wales.  Meanwhile, four authors associated with the Public Law Project* (PLP) led … Continue reading Remote court hearings: research and requirements

The Legal Profession and Legal Services after Covid 19: an access to justice perspective

We need to consider the impact of Covid 19 on the legal profession and the delivery of legal services. And in this, just as in the physical transmission of the disease, the underlying weakness of the body politic will play a major part. For us as individuals, this is not a good time to suffer … Continue reading The Legal Profession and Legal Services after Covid 19: an access to justice perspective

Remote Justice, Young Lawyers and International Lessons

One effect of Covid 19 is that it brings the world together. We all want to know if anyone can produce a viable vaccine. We all want to know about its transmission. And, in the legal world, we all want to know about remote courts and digital justice. Courts and tribunals everywhere have had no … Continue reading Remote Justice, Young Lawyers and International Lessons

This too shall pass: Remote Courts, A Transparency Charter and Open Justice Post-Covid

All round the world, courts and tribunals are moving from physical buildings to a virtual presence. In doing so, they are taking various views about appropriate technology, procedures and the extent to which they see this as a permanent or temporary move. In England Wales, the existing court modernisation programme has provided some preparation and … Continue reading This too shall pass: Remote Courts, A Transparency Charter and Open Justice Post-Covid

What can #BigLaw tell #LittleLaw: lessons from Law Next Live

On Thursday last week, the doyen of US legal tech commentators, Bob Ambrogi, assembled a panel from some of his country’s heaviest hitting commercial law firms. The title of his LawNext:Live broadcast was ‘The Innovation Advantage – Driving Client Value in the Midst of COVID-19’. So, we had representatives of Shearman and Stirling (Meredith Williams-Range), … Continue reading What can #BigLaw tell #LittleLaw: lessons from Law Next Live