Category Archives: legal aid

Ukraine: an assault on the rule of law, access to justice and a vigorous tech economy

Among the victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to be a once-thriving commitment both to legal aid and to technology in its service. That will be both important in itself and symbolic of a wider disavowal of justice in the county. The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law, which has had a Ukrainian-based … Continue reading Ukraine: an assault on the rule of law, access to justice and a vigorous tech economy

Early legal advice: he had it; shouldn’t everyone?

Suppose you have been issued with a Metropolitan Police questionnaire requiring you – under caution –  to account for your presence at particular locations on specified dates. In response, would you (a) deny your attendance (b) answer ‘no comment’ (c) give a transparent account of your presence (d) get lawyered up. The Prime Minister himself, … Continue reading Early legal advice: he had it; shouldn’t everyone?

Covid 19, Technology and Legal Aid: a global discussion

The International Legal Aid Group held a webinar on Covid 19, Technology and Legal Aid last week. The opening presentation formed the previous post to this blog. Four panellists added their thoughts. There was then a general Q and A session. Participants came from six continents. This is a selection of the points raised – kept … Continue reading Covid 19, Technology and Legal Aid: a global discussion

‘Legal Aid Is Only Part of the Answer’:  an interview with Amanda Finlay 

After a career in what is now the Ministry of Justice, Amanda Finlay CBE has been involved in a number of not for profit organisations concerned with access to justice and, in particular, the assistance of litigants in person (self-represented litigants). She is chair of the public legal education charity Law for Life. Her career … Continue reading ‘Legal Aid Is Only Part of the Answer’:  an interview with Amanda Finlay 

The Legal Profession and Legal Services after Covid 19: an access to justice perspective

We need to consider the impact of Covid 19 on the legal profession and the delivery of legal services. And in this, just as in the physical transmission of the disease, the underlying weakness of the body politic will play a major part. For us as individuals, this is not a good time to suffer … Continue reading The Legal Profession and Legal Services after Covid 19: an access to justice perspective