‘Expungement’ or ‘expunction’ are not words in the UK lawyer’s lexicon. They describe the legal process, to use a definition provided by the Legal Services Corporation, ‘that seals or removes certain criminal records through court petition’. The equivalent for us in England and Wales would be the operation of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. The … Continue reading You say ‘Expunction’, We say ‘Rehabilitation’: questions about going forward
Covid 19 provides a fitting closure to the 2010s, effectively the opening decade in the development of technology to serve access to justice. And May 2021 will mark five years of this blog. So, this seems a good time for reflection. But, rather than looking backwards, let’s look forward to what the next decade will bring. Below is the synopsis … Continue reading Poverty, Technology and Government: Justice and legal assistance for people on low incomes in the 2020s
1 January Adobe Flash Player ‘laid to rest’, reports BBC. 3 January ‘As Uber parks its plans for robotaxis, experts admit the autonomous vehicle challenge is bigger than anticipated,’ reports Guardian. 4 January ‘Slack messaging service suffers global outage,’ says Guardian. 5 January Children’s Commissioner calls for broadband companies ‘to step up’ in terms of … Continue reading January 2021: what did I miss?
This is a lightly edited version of a presentation to an International Legal Aid Group (ILAG) webinar last week. It may be helpful to begin by making explicit the basis on which I am talking. You are getting the view of a UK lawyer from a not for profit sector background with a practical interest in … Continue reading Technology, Access to Justice and Covid 19: the Mustard Approach
The coronavirus epidemic is precipitating some positive responses in the access to justice community around the world. Among them is the Document Assembly Line Project, a doubly innovative development in Massachusetts. It is using a novel collaborative approach to provide assistance for litigants in person (‘self represented litigants’) to file court forms electronically while courts … Continue reading The Document Line Assembly Project: breeding lilacs out of the dead land