In the 2010s, before the pandemic struck, a capacity to provide legal services remotely was seen as somewhat exotic and heralding the arrival of new entity, the ‘virtual lawyer’. ‘”Virtual law firms” are redefining how legal practices operate and the services they offer,’ announced publishers Wolters Kluwer in a blog published in a pre-Covid January 2019. Most … Continue reading Remote working and access to justice
This is the third assessment of an issue to be covered in a prospective analysis of current developments and likely trends in access to justice and technology. The growth of remote courts and the digitalisation of court procedures are one of the main sources of change to the judicial and legal systems around the world during the … Continue reading Court digitalisation and Access to Justice: a path passing by Goldilocks, Fluouride and quantum physics
Can discretion be designed out of the legal system and automation encouraged? Would that be another possible ‘game changer’? Might law and its enforcement become more ‘self-executing’ – eliminating the need for expensive individualised assistance? If this could be done to any large extent, it would be of massive assistance to those affected. Their need for legal … Continue reading Designing out discretion: self-executing laws and the Holy Grail
The concept of ‘legal design’ is one of the most exciting products of the current period of technological innovation. It merits really serious examination because it seeks to put the user at the centre of any reform. Legal design has been a force for about a decade. Stanford University’s D. School and Legal Design Lab … Continue reading Is ‘User-Centred Legal Design’ a ‘game changer’ for access to justice?
The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HIiL) occupies a unique position in the access to justice field. It was once best known for its online dispute resolution package, the Rechtwijzer, which it developed with the Dutch Legal Aid Board and vigorously promoted to similar legal aid providers in developed countries. It then detached itself … Continue reading HIIL: from Palace to Laptop – the 2021 Innovating Justice Forum