Two reports published this month provide an insight into the practical use of technology by legal professions as a whole. And, blow me, despite the hours of discussion of disruptive applications, blockchain and artificial intelligence at high priced conferences around the world, most lawyers use technology in more humble ways – and face more immediate … Continue reading Lawyers and Technology – still largely in the back office
One of the emerging themes in the use of technology in the access to justice field is the realisation by not for profit agencies that they should adopt the basic customer management tools developed in the private sector. They share a common need – though perhaps not always a common language – to reduce cost … Continue reading Technology and Access to Justice: trends in the private sector
Martin Barnes LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group), with the support of Deloitte UK, is developing a new online pro bono service to improve access to justice through technology. In an example of international co-operation, it is doing this through a product developed in the United States. The service, complementing existing services and sources of … Continue reading Solicitors pro bono charity in Anglo-American collaboration
One of the most promising developments in online advice provision is the gradual exploration of the interactive possibilities of the internet. A number of advice websites – such as Victoria Legal Aid’s Legal Checker– now incorporate elements of Q and As to narrow down relevant areas of information which are then given in familiar linear … Continue reading Access to justice and interactive digital provision
The ABA Center for Innovation, formed in 2016 as the result of report by the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, published its first annual report just before Christmas. This showcases its programs. The center is reticent – that is to say silent – on the size of its budget. And the ABA … Continue reading ABA Center for Innovation: a new kid on the block struggling for space?