All posts by Roger Smith

Court digitalisation and Access to Justice: a path passing by Goldilocks, Fluouride and quantum physics

This is the third assessment of an issue to be covered in a prospective analysis of current developments and likely trends in access to justice and technology. The growth of remote courts and the digitalisation of court procedures are one of the main sources of change to the judicial and legal systems around the world during the … Continue reading Court digitalisation and Access to Justice: a path passing by Goldilocks, Fluouride and quantum physics

Designing out discretion: self-executing laws and the Holy Grail

Can discretion be designed out of the legal system and automation encouraged? Would that be another possible ‘game changer’? Might law and its enforcement become more ‘self-executing’ – eliminating the need for expensive individualised assistance? If this could be done to any large extent, it would be of massive assistance to those affected. Their need for legal … Continue reading Designing out discretion: self-executing laws and the Holy Grail

Is ‘User-Centred Legal Design’ a ‘game changer’ for access to justice? 

The concept of ‘legal design’ is one of the most exciting products of the current period of technological innovation. It merits really serious examination because it seeks to put the user at the centre of any reform.  Legal design has been a force for about a decade.  Stanford University’s D. School and Legal Design Lab … Continue reading Is ‘User-Centred Legal Design’ a ‘game changer’ for access to justice? 

HIIL: from Palace to Laptop – the 2021 Innovating Justice Forum

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HIiL) occupies a unique position in the access to justice field. It was once best known for its online dispute resolution package, the Rechtwijzer, which it developed with the Dutch Legal Aid Board and vigorously promoted to similar legal aid providers in developed countries. It then detached itself … Continue reading HIIL: from Palace to Laptop – the 2021 Innovating Justice Forum

Poverty, Technology and Government:  Justice and legal assistance for people on low incomes in the 2020s

Covid 19 provides a fitting closure to the 2010s, effectively the opening decade in the development of technology to serve access to justice. And May 2021 will mark five years of this blog. So, this seems a good time for reflection. But, rather than looking backwards, let’s look forward to what the next decade will bring.  Below is the synopsis … Continue reading Poverty, Technology and Government:  Justice and legal assistance for people on low incomes in the 2020s