All posts by Roger Smith

Your Rebel, My Pioneer: Technology, Access to Justice and the ABA

Americans are emotionally attached to the notion of ‘rebels’. They want to see the tea floating in the harbour; the Harley-Davidson racing across the desert; Clint Eastwood taking an unconventional approach to law enforcement. The attraction may even account, more darkly, for Confederate nostalgia and President Trump support. The ABA Journal has just named its … Continue reading Your Rebel, My Pioneer: Technology, Access to Justice and the ABA

Court reform evaluation: from Bentham to Byrom

Dr Natalie Byron is the Director of Research and Learning at the Legal Education Foundation After a three month placement with Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), Dr Byrom has written, and the foundation published, her ’29-point plan for tackling digital exclusion, and ensuring the government’s £1bn court reform programme delivers access to justice for … Continue reading Court reform evaluation: from Bentham to Byrom

The Legal Access Challenge: a judicial assessment

The winners have been announced of the government-funded Legal Access Challenge run by NESTA (once the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). With more money forthcoming during the process, eight, rather than the originally conceived four, bids were successful and revealed a wide range of different approaches. … Continue reading The Legal Access Challenge: a judicial assessment

The LexisNexis Tech Accelerator and Access to Justice

At least four of the recently announced beneficiaries of the latest round of the LexisNexis Tech Accelerator programme could legitimately argue that they are addressing access to justice issues. They cover the translation of natural language questions into more clearly defined legal issues for referral (Civvis); self-help litigation (Courtroom5); the reporting of sexual harassment (JDoe); … Continue reading The LexisNexis Tech Accelerator and Access to Justice