Category Archives: digital information

Access to Justice in Family Matters: seven ways that technology might help

Family law is specific to each jurisdiction but there are common elements. In most countries, divorce operates under the supervision of the courts and, thus, amounts to the largest single source of civil court claims after debt. Canada deals with around 70,000 divorces a year. England and Wales has over 106,000; Australia around 48,000 and … Continue reading Access to Justice in Family Matters: seven ways that technology might help

More ways in which technology can be used to promote access to justice

Frank Richardson, OpenTrial In a recent post, Roger Smith suggested ten ways in which technology can expand access to justice. But, from the point of view of an ethical enterprise that seeks to advance justice by harnessing modern technology, a further dimension can be added by looking at our experience in poorer countries. OpenTrial seeks … Continue reading More ways in which technology can be used to promote access to justice

Ten Ways in which Technology can expand access  to justice

The potential role of technology in the delivery of access to justice remains contested. All round the world, there are respected and established advice workers and lawyers who assert the primacy – sometimes the exclusivity – of face to face interaction with low income clients. But, let’s sidestep the big abstract battles and take the … Continue reading Ten Ways in which Technology can expand access  to justice

A Better Internet for Legal Help: more sleeping with Google

Recent discussion of ‘sleeping with google’ prompted a tweet from Stanford Center on the Legal Profession to the effect that ’Margaret Hagan and her Legal Design Lab ‘ have been working on this project for over a year with Google and Microsoft … You can see more at … A Better Internet for Legal Help.’ … Continue reading A Better Internet for Legal Help: more sleeping with Google

Inching towards Interactivity: MylawBC v Citizens Advice

The common features of family breakdown around the world allow transnational comparison of advice provision. So, as examples of two different approaches, let’s put the national citizens advice site for England and Wales against MyLawBC. The latter is a survivor of the Rechtwijzer demise originally developed by the Legal Services Society of British Columbia (LSS) … Continue reading Inching towards Interactivity: MylawBC v Citizens Advice