The star of a recent conference on the court modernisation programme from the Westminster Legal Policy Forum was Yvonne Gallagher, the National Audit Office’s (NAO) digital transformation officer. She was announced as going to say ‘from her point of view, it’s all about money’. The NAO has, indeed, hammered the programme and its sponsoring department … Continue reading Court Modernisation: what was the point again?
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
Global epidemics make cross-national comparisons of public policy easier. At its most brutal, the relative body count invites a comparative analysis of public health policy. The legal system of each jurisdiction has had to respond to what are essentially identical problems. So, you can learn quite a lot from attempts to account for the impact … Continue reading COVID 19 and Legal Aid: the benefits of Anglo-American comparison
The British state is not having a great pandemic. For example, there are, confusingly, five tests for four levels of alert to be determined by a Joint Biosecurity Centre which seems yet to exist. A blanket quarantine period has been imposed on all entrants to the country, even those (like most of the world) with … Continue reading Technology and Innovation: the strange case of the missing Ministry
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