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Pandemic forces Calgary legal clinic to change – for the better

Alison Abel of the University of Calgary in Canada reports on a similar response to Covid 19 by a university legal clinic going online to that reported from the UK by Exeter University’s Tia Matt. When Alberta’s courts closed in the third week of March to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the important work of Student … Continue reading Pandemic forces Calgary legal clinic to change – for the better

From ODR to Remote Courts: a story in six acts and much writing

Sometimes, it is good to look back and take stock of where you are. This is a collection of articles which cover the history of what we might now call ‘remote courts’ through close on five years. Just looking at the titles brings back the journey that we have travelled. For more detail, take a … Continue reading From ODR to Remote Courts: a story in six acts and much writing

Titans of access to justice and technology: interviews you might have missed

So, to give you some approachable but rewarding reading over the summer (for us in the Northern Hemisphere at least), here are links to interviews published over the last two years. You might have missed some of these. They  deal with issues but will also hopefully give a flavour of some of the remarkable people … Continue reading Titans of access to justice and technology: interviews you might have missed

Video Court Hearings Evaluation: cautious, positive and partial

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has published the final report of an independent evaluation of video hearings in England and Wales by researchers at the London School of Economics. HMCTS’s summarises: ‘new report shows video hearings service convenient, robust and easy to use’. Deep students of the subject may remember that this report … Continue reading Video Court Hearings Evaluation: cautious, positive and partial

July 2020 – the media and the main stories

July 2020: the main stories 2 July European Parliament and European Data Protection Supervisor call for moratorium on facial recognition for law enforcement principles. 5 July Reports suggest that the purpose built Blackfriars Crown Court in South London has been sold for £65m for retail and residential accommodation has been sold in the latest virtual … Continue reading July 2020 – the media and the main stories