The Legal Aid Authority and the Virus: the experience of Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) is responsible for the provision of legal aid throughout its state. I will admit to a personal bias in its favour because when I first visited its Melbourne headquarters in 1991, the staff were incredibly open and proud of what they were doing –  even offering me the director’s temporarily vacant … Continue reading The Legal Aid Authority and the Virus: the experience of Victoria Legal Aid

Remote court hearings: research and requirements

All courts which have shifted to remote hearings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic will be monitoring progress. On Friday, we should get the (slightly delayed) report of the Rapid Consultation on this topic by the Civil Justice Council in England and Wales.  Meanwhile, four authors associated with the Public Law Project* (PLP) led … Continue reading Remote court hearings: research and requirements

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

Remote Justice, Young Lawyers and International Lessons

One effect of Covid 19 is that it brings the world together. We all want to know if anyone can produce a viable vaccine. We all want to know about its transmission. And, in the legal world, we all want to know about remote courts and digital justice. Courts and tribunals everywhere have had no … Continue reading Remote Justice, Young Lawyers and International Lessons