That was the Month that Was: April 2020

1 April  People’s Law School in British Columbia gets praise on Twitter for exemplary lay out of answers to common legal questions raised by Covid 19. It demonstrates nice use of Q and A; drop down information; and individual stories. The best presentation of this type anywhere in the world? Gemma Bryne of Citizens Advice … Continue reading That was the Month that Was: April 2020

‘Justice must not trump efficiency’: Remote Courts, Covid 19 and the Justice Committee 

Covid 19 is causing disruption to courts around the globe. There has been a rush to go online. The House of Commons Justice Committee held a hearing this morning to establish the consequences. For us, there are, it would seem at least three. First, time should be up on articulations of national exceptionalism by domestic … Continue reading ‘Justice must not trump efficiency’: Remote Courts, Covid 19 and the Justice Committee 

Ontario’s Community Legal Clinics and Covid 19: just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water

Ontario has over 70 community legal clinics. Around 50 are general with geographical catchment areas that, in total, cover the whole Province and 20 or so are specialist centres. Under Ontario’s state of emergency declared on March 17, all are included as ‘professional and social services that support the legal and justice system’ and thereby … Continue reading Ontario’s Community Legal Clinics and Covid 19: just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water

Richard Susskind and the Young Legal Aid Lawyers of the North

Two video conferences last week made an interesting comparison on approaches to remote justice and digital courts. In one corner, we had Richard Susskind continuing the promotional tour of his latest book, Online Courts and The Future of Justice with what was intended to be a lecture at Harvard Law School and became a zoom … Continue reading Richard Susskind and the Young Legal Aid Lawyers of the North

Law centres and Covid 19: canaries in the mine

Law centres provide a particularly sensitive indicator of access to justice. As Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre puts it on their website: ‘We aim to help to overcome the obstacles faced by those most disadvantaged who need access to the legal system.’ That was written before the current Covid 19 outbreak but it is interesting … Continue reading Law centres and Covid 19: canaries in the mine