Dignity in digital: technology and increasing access to justice

Posted by - 25th July 2016

A series of public workshops gave Hackney Community Law Centre important insights into the emotional discomfort and stigma some clients feel when seeking advice, writes Miranda Grell There are many within the advice and IT sectors who are championing the use of technology as a way of increasing access to justice, but what do the

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Postcards from the edge

Posted by - 22nd July 2016

More tales from the housing duty desk, by Sue James.  ‘This case would be so much better without my client.’ It’s a thought most of us have had at some point I’m sure but, inevitably, clients are kind of essential. Or at least I thought so until recently, when I encountered Juana, my Spanish señora.

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A legacy of lawyering under fire

Posted by - 15th July 2016

Christopher Stanley sets out the unique legal challenges still facing lawyers in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland remains a state of exception, characterised by its own particular circumstances which include a heightened security threat (largely ignored by the London media), its own cross-border arrangements (largely misunderstood by the Brexiters) and its own legacy of conflict (largely

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Calais convoy: a lawyer writes

Posted by - 7th July 2016

James Nichol is best known for his miscarriage of justice work (Bridgewater Four; M25 Three; Colin Wallace). Here he explains why the refugee crisis has led him to forge a new temporary career – as a wholesaler. (Sketch by Dilly Boase) We finally made it to Calais (see here). First things first. The total amount

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Brexit makes a review of legal aid all the more urgent

Posted by - 1st July 2016

The Ministry of Justice published its quarterly legal aid statistics. It is a picture of the first full three years after the civil legal aid cuts of 2013. What do they tell us about the state of access to justice in England and Wales? A version of this article appeared on the Law Centres Network website

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