Which is the bigger access to justice story today?
Is it the news about the The Law Council of Australia, at long last releasing the Final Report of The Justice Project, on Thursday 23 August 2018. It was originally planned to be released in November 2017?
Is it the news about Legaltech company Legaler raising $1.5m to help build blockchain-based infrastructure that can be used by access to justice software applications?
According to the Law Council of Australia:
The Justice Project, overseen by an expert steering group led by the former Chief Justice of the High Court, the Hon. Robert French AC, is one of the most extensive reviews of its type in the past 40 years.
It is also one of the most important pieces of work the Law Council has ever undertaken.
The recommendations will provide a roadmap for future action, building the case for new whole-of-government justice strategies secured by appropriate funding.
While the Law Council report will emphasise the need for more funding, amongst other strategies, how much will it emphasise the potential use of technology?
For access to justice news from the technology corner, we have the news about Legaler.
Developed in-house, a first-of-its-kind dApp using the system will match disadvantaged clients with pro bono legal advice, powered by a tokenised incentive system, along with a platform for crowdfunding social justice cases through transparent, tax-deductible donations.
Which will have the biggest positive impact on access to justice? Political lobbying and funding plans or innovative technology projects? Or should there be closer collaboration between these two worlds?