One of the developing elements of access to justice assistance in the United States is the growth of statewide ‘legal portals’. These have been backed by the Legal Services Corporation, (with partners including Microsoft) which has itself funded them in Hawaii and Alaska, and a powerful foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts – which combines, like the … Continue reading Legal Assistance Portals
The Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales has been one of the leading institutions in the global access to justice field for over 50 years. Perceptive foreign observers were heaping praise on it in the 1990s (see Legal Action Group, A Strategy for Justice, 1992 and Roger Smith, Shaping the Future: new directions in … Continue reading Legal Information and Digital Delivery: a venerable Australian institution poses the questions
The failure of the Rechtwijzer, the symbol of what was to be the brave new world of mass digital legal services aimed at those on low incomes, raises a question about the future. Were the digital naysayers right? A recent post from veteran commentator and tireless compiler Delia Venables in her Internet Newsletter for Lawyers widens … Continue reading The Forward March of Digital Halted: or only checked?
There is some curiosity, at least among some UK funders, at whether there might be anything in the idea of a virtual law centre. Let’s begin with a straightforward – if, by no means simple, – question. What would a successful one look like and what considerations would it raise? We need a definition. If you … Continue reading Virtual Law Centres: virtues and viability
The relationship of face to face assistance with digital provision is one of the seven major themes identified below underlying current developments in the use of technology for access to justice. The recently published report on the structure of the English and Welsh courts written by Lord Justice Briggs raises with this issue. The report is … Continue reading Online Courts and Offline Assistance: the English Judge California Dreamin’