Tag Archives: Ministry of Justice

Division in the courts – small claims this way, others that

An obvious major issue for those involved in digitalising the courts is whether innovation might be more in the interest of some involved in litigation at the expense of others. The senior civil judge in England and Wales, Master of the Rolls Sir Geoffrey Vos, has just walked into a mild (his critics were, after … Continue reading Division in the courts – small claims this way, others that

Will Technology advance access to justice? It depends. And not on the technology.

It is a sobering thought. But, many countries of the world may have passed the moment of ‘Peak Justice’. That is the time when the greatest proportion of their population had access to sufficient information, advice and assistance to identify and resolve their legal problems. Throw in the waves of new poor likely to be … Continue reading Will Technology advance access to justice? It depends. And not on the technology.

Making Claims and Learning Lessons on Using the Internet: British Columbia shows up England and Wales

A new Guide to Making a Claim to small claims relating to road accidents in England and Wales raises some interesting – and, indeed, generally relevant – issues about online provision of portals and assistance. The guide is an online booklet of 64 pages giving information on a new Official Injury Claim online service to … Continue reading Making Claims and Learning Lessons on Using the Internet: British Columbia shows up England and Wales

Court Modernisation: what was the point again?

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?

‘Legal Aid Is Only Part of the Answer’:  an interview with Amanda Finlay 

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