All posts by Roger Smith

Digitalising Courts is More than a Management Issue.

A speech earlier this month from the Senior President of Tribunals for England and Wales looked dull enough. Entitled ‘Securing Open Justice’, it set before the Max Planck Institute in Luxembourg – safely out of the jurisdiction – a contemporary assessment of what Sir Ernest Ryder saw as the current issues. But, what it reveals … Continue reading Digitalising Courts is More than a Management Issue.

Ten Ways in which Technology can expand access  to justice

The potential role of technology in the delivery of access to justice remains contested. All round the world, there are respected and established advice workers and lawyers who assert the primacy – sometimes the exclusivity – of face to face interaction with low income clients. But, let’s sidestep the big abstract battles and take the … Continue reading Ten Ways in which Technology can expand access  to justice

Rightsnet: a model for virtual specialist support

This is the first of two posts looking at the work of London-based social welfare law organisation, Lasa. This considers its best known product, rightsnet. Rightsnet  provides news, case law and discussion fora of particular use to welfare rights workers but open to all, supplemented by further subscription only material. And it does all this … Continue reading Rightsnet: a model for virtual specialist support

A Better Internet for Legal Help: more sleeping with Google

Recent discussion of ‘sleeping with google’ prompted a tweet from Stanford Center on the Legal Profession to the effect that ’Margaret Hagan and her Legal Design Lab ‘ have been working on this project for over a year with Google and Microsoft … You can see more at … A Better Internet for Legal Help.’ … Continue reading A Better Internet for Legal Help: more sleeping with Google

LexisNexis extends a hand

LexisNexis, the international legal technology company and publisher, provided one of the most interesting contributions to the Civil Justice Council’s December forum in London from its committee on litigants in person. Senior executives Christian Fleck and James Harper presented what the former called the ‘foundation for a ten year vision’ of the impact that the … Continue reading LexisNexis extends a hand