Our inaugural event brought together more than 35 leaders from the law, technology and justice sectors to create beautiful access to justice together.
Under the banner of Justice Hack BC (we have since rebranded), 26 participants in six teams developed technological solutions to access-to-justice (A2J) issues. The Honourable Robert Baumann, Chief Justice of British Columbia, spoke about the importance of A2J initiatives. Civil Resolution Tribunal chair Shannon Salter discussed the good work being undertaken in B.C. to help facilitate A2J. Jennifer Muller from the National Self-Represented Litigants Project shared her experience navigating Canada’s court system without legal representation.
We were a proud partner of the province’s first Access to Justice Week BC. Over the course of two days, participants brainstormed, developed and coded applications with the power to help everyday British Columbians get the knowledge, professional advice and justice they need.
Our focus in 2018 was on family law matters, though ideas for improving A2J in any area of law were welcome.
Our winning team developed ‘Legal Harmony,’ a platform that matches clients with lawyers able to offer pro-bono services across all areas of law. Our Clio “Live a Learning Mindset” award winners created a platform that allows litigants to better understand and engage with the court process. This idea created cost-savings for consumers by enabling opportunities for self-service.
We are thankful to have had the support of the Law Foundation of British Columbia, Clio, Access to Justice Week BC and Vancouver Legal Hackers.