Welcome to the Inventory of current access to justice innovations. Here we are cataloguing projects that are currently implemented or being piloted in legal service clinics, firms, courts, libraries, and other locations.
Use this inventory by browsing through the posts, each of which profiles a different category of access innovations and which gives examples and links to the projects in that category.
You can also filter through the inventory using the filters and search mechanism below. This will help you get straight to the resources you might be most interested in.
Categories of Access Innovations
We have observed a trend of what types of access to justice innovation are being developed. These categories can also be an agenda of what needs to be happening in the future. Here are the key access innovation categories.
1. Triage a person from issue/problem to the right legal path, so that a person can present symptoms and issues and be given direction about what legal path to take. Triage can also diagnose a person’s best type of service path — so not about the legal issue, but rather about whether the person should best receive service via tech, in-person consults, unbundled interactions, or otherwise.
Some examples of Triage innovations:
- In-person legal aid counters, centers, store-fronts, kiosks
- Self-help centers in courts and libraries
- Online intake portal for an organization, region, state, country
2. Dispute Resolution systems. These innovations guide a person through a legal issue dispute, and get them to a resolution using a variety of techniques.
- Process guidance thru tech
- Document capture, analysis, and collaboration
- Information capture, storytelling
- Review by a professional mediator, arbitrator, etc.
3. Data Standardization. Efforts in this area focus on how we capture data in the world of legal services — from client data, to information about how services operate, or what services are on offer — in a standard, open, interoperable way. Some of the data to be standardized:
- eligibility for services
- services on offer
- process steps, legal requirements
- document & filing protocols
Other features coming soon
As we work further on this inventory, we will be expanding from the post list to other mechanisms to see and use information about existing access to justice programs. These coming functions include:
- A baseline protocol that lists out what a good access court or legal aid group for other role should have. We can have a filter based on the location / sponsor of the innovation. We can also have a filter around cost or intensity. This will help us to make more meaningful categorizations and they the readings.
- A map which geographically locates where are the actual innovations are being used, so that we can start to see what is spreading and where are the hubs are.