Our work on access to justice focuses on the way in which technology and innovation in legal service delivery can assist in providing timely, efficient and affordable access to legal advice and assistance.
Most everyday civil justice problems are resolved informally without recourse to the institutions of the justice system such as courts and tribunals. Legal problems can have a profound and lasting impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of those affected. Our work in the access to justice space examines the way in which people obtain legal advice and assistance, how they navigate the institutions of justice such as courts and tribunals, and how satisfied they are with the resolution of legal problems. To this end, our research focuses on the role of digital courts, the impact of legal advise provided through technology, the role the of the internet in promoting an understanding of knowledge of rights, and the way in which technology can facilitate access to justice and improve public understanding of the law.
This project is a joint endeavor between the Legal Innovation Centre, the University Law Clinic and students from the School of Art, focused on innovating in the Public Legal Education space. Adopting principles of ‘visual law’, this project explores how legal rights responsibilities and processes can be conveyed visually, in order to develop public legal education materials that are engaging, informative, jargon free, and easy to understand. More information about the project and emerging outputs are available here, on the project page.