See http://law-tech-a2j.org for more blogs from Roger. For the time being, that is where he is writing on law and technology. See @rogerjgsmith for coverage of his other writings....Read more
Below are speeches and blogs, mainly on the subjects of human rights and access to justice, both in relation to the UK and internationally. These are in addition to journalism published elsewhere.
Cuts of around 40 per cent; government policy to fund only what is required by judges; mass firings of legal aid staff; replacement of a recalcitrant board of the equivalent of the Legal Services Commission and the appointment of a trustee to hammer through belt tightening. You think we have...Read more
Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) is one of the great granddaddies of legal assistance to the poor, tracing its origins back to the Boston Legal Aid Society founded in 1900. As one would expect, such a venerable institution has been through a number of incarnations over the last century....Read more
Three major figures in the higher judiciary – Laws, Sumption and Judge – have all within a few days criticised the structure of human rights protection in the UK. Michael Howard, onetime Tory leader, left the latest – a speech by Lord Judge last night audibly saying that his attack...Read more
The tenth annual conference of the International Legal Aid Group (see www.ilag-net.org) was held in The Hague in June. I read all the papers; reviewed all the presentations; and attended all the sessions (except the criminal one which shared time with quality). I required nudging to keep awake only once...Read more