All posts by Roger Smith

Transforming Civil Justice: A Lesson from America

The phrase ‘transforming civil justice’ has become accepted as covering the digitalisation of courts. It is frequently used in many jurisdictions, particularly the US and England and Wales. Here, it provided the banner under which digitalisation reforms were advanced first by ministers and then by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). In the US, … Continue reading Transforming Civil Justice: A Lesson from America

Digitalisation of the Courts and Litigants in Person

This morning, global law firm Allen and Overy hosted a fundraiser/discussion for Support through Court (StC) (formerly known as the Personal Support Unit). StC is an admirable organisation which supports self-represented litigants in person in England and Wales. To do this, it deploys around 750 volunteers around the country. Its form will be familiar to … Continue reading Digitalisation of the Courts and Litigants in Person

Advising Advisers – Supplementing the Book: Ask CPAG

Ask CPAG is a ‘new subscription-access digital services platform for advisers to navigate the [UK] social security system’. In November 2017, its development was boosted by a large grant (£186,000 or $237,000) from the Legal Education Foundation (funders of this website). This was to put CPAG’s Welfare Rights Bulletin online; to develop digital versions of … Continue reading Advising Advisers – Supplementing the Book: Ask CPAG