Proctor : November 2017
7 PROCTOR | November 2017 News LEGAL OFFICES FOR LEASE • Offices from 50 – 2,000 sqm • Barristers Chambers for 1-4 persons • High quality end-of-trip facilities • Opposite State and Magistrates Courts • Short & long term leases • Fitted & non fitted options • Lease incentives Jonathan Scott M: 0451 104 221 James Vardanega M: 0477 838 363 420 GEORGE ST BRISBANE Managed by 07 3229 7955 Law students and avatars bridge the justice gap LawRight and The University of Queensland’s Pro Bono Centre have recently unveiled an ‘A2J & Innovation’ clinic, with students taking steps to bridge the justice gap by using technology to help self-represented litigants. During the clinic, students were asked to consider how digital disruption may be harnessed to improve access to justice and how technology may assist people who represent themselves in court. Students used open source software A2J AuthorTM to develop web-based guided interviews to help alleviate the barriers faced by self-represented litigants. This software allows authors to simplify the language utilised in court forms, as well as present the questions one at a time via a virtual avatar representing a human lawyer. Following the interview, users can download the documents ready for review by a solicitor or for filing in a court registry. Six students who had no prior experience with this technology are now implementing the software in the hope that it will lead to real, positive outcomes for clients, community legal centres and courts. The students have gained greater awareness of the challenges faced by self-represented litigants and innovation in the profession, as well as practical skills in design thinking, team work and technical literacy. LawRight is grateful to Clayton Utz for its recent offer to provide employment law expertise to this project. LawRight solicitor and clinical legal education supervisor Andrea Perry-Petersen was recently named on the 2017 Legal Innovation Index for her work in using technology to increase access to justice and design of the collaborative ‘A2J & Innovation’ clinic. “In an environment of reduced funding to legal assistance services but increasing demand for legal assistance, innovative solutions are required. Technology provides an unprecedented opportunity to bridge the justice gap,” she said on accepting the award. Following further development and user testing of the current interview, LawRight aims to make available further guided interviews for other frequently used court forms. For more information, contact Andrea Perry Petersen – email@example.com. QLS Annual General Meeting Following the gazettal of the AGM notice on 6 October 2017, the 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members of Queensland Law Society Incorporated will be held in the Auditorium, Level 2, Law Society House, 179 Ann Street, Brisbane at 5.30pm on Thursday 16 November 2017. If you would like to attend in person, please RSVP by 5.30pm on Tuesday 14 November 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 3842 5904. Any full member whose subscription is not in arrears and who is present in person or by proxy is entitled to vote at the meeting. Associate, student and honorary members may attend and speak at the AGM, but are not entitled to vote on any of the proposed resolutions. For more information qls.com.au/ About_QLS/Queensland_Law_ Society/Resources_publications/ Corporate_documents/Annual_ General_Meeting.