Justice data in the digital age: Balancing risks and opportunities

The following post is based on opening remarks delivered by The Legal Education Foundation’s  Director of Research, Dr Natalie Byrom, at an expert seminar held on the 21st July 2021.  “My name is Dr Natalie Byrom, and I am Director of Research at The Legal Education Foundation. We are delighted to welcome you to this […]

Justice data in the digital age: Balancing risks and opportunities

Making sense of ‘Justice System Data’: a new report

A guest blog for The Legal Education Foundation by report authors Dr. Judith Townend and Dr Cassandra Wiener It’s perhaps because the roots of ‘open justice’ run so deep that the data and information generated by our justice system is so messy. The system that produces, stores and shares that data is not something neatly […]

Making sense of ‘Justice System Data’: a new report

The new public repository of judgments is a triumph for open justice- but there is more to do

TLEF’s Director of Research, Dr Natalie Byrom explains why last week’s announcement is such a significant step and calls on the Ministry of Justice to make good on its commitment to develop a complete record of judgments and decisions. Alex Kelly was just 15 years old when he was found hanging in his cell at […]

The new public repository of judgments is a triumph for open justice- but there is more to do

Justice Select Committee report backs four-point legal definition of access to justice, as recommended in TLEF’s recent “Digital Justice” report.

The influential, cross party Justice Select Committee has called on the Ministry of Justice to evaluate the impact of court reform against the legal standard of access to justice summarised in TLEF’s “Digital Justice” report. TLEF’s  Director of Research, Dr Natalie Byrom argues that HMCTS must act now to embed this four-part access to justice […]

Justice Select Committee report backs four-point legal definition of access to justice, as recommended in TLEF’s recent “Digital Justice” report.

Digital Justice: HMCTS data strategy and delivering access to justice

Report by TLEF research director Dr Natalie Byrom sets out a 29-point plan for tackling ‘digital exclusion’, and ensuring the government’s £1bn court reform programme delivers access to justice for all court-users. Recommendations follow Dr Byrom’s three -month secondment to HMCTS as an expert adviser on open data.  The grant-giving charity The Legal Education Foundation […]

Digital Justice: HMCTS data strategy and delivering access to justice

Online Courts: How to measure “justice” and “fairness”

TLEF, together with UCL and the University of Oxford, brought together experts to draft recommendations for measuring the impact of online courts on access to justice The court system in England and Wales is undergoing a period of rapid and unprecedented change. In 2016, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (“HMCTS”) established a programme of […]

Online Courts: How to measure “justice” and “fairness”

Destitution and Paths to Justice: Access to law and the ‘slippery slope into destitution’

Research published today by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that: “over 1.5million people, including 365,000 children, were destitute in the UK at some point during 2017”. This blog post reflects on the findings of a parallel report: “Destitution and Paths to Justice” which was jointly commissioned by The Legal Education Foundation and The Joseph Rowntree Foundation. […]

Destitution and Paths to Justice: Access to law and the ‘slippery slope into destitution’

University Law Schools and Access to Justice

The Legal Education Foundation has funded a range of projects exploring the ways in which University Law Schools can and do engage with issues around access to justice. This blog explains why the Foundation was interested in exploring this issue: it begins by setting out contemporary issues in access to justice before moving to present […]

University Law Schools and Access to Justice

Developing a Theory of Change

Charitable foundations and other funders are increasingly encouraging prospective applicants to produce “Theory of Change” documents for the projects they are seeking funding for. The following article provides an overview of this approach and sets out guidance for how to go about creating a theory of change document for your project. At its most basic […]

Developing a Theory of Change

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