Sheffield Legal Hackers is your local chapter of the global
Legal Hackers movement which brings together
lawyers, coders, students,
policymakers, designers, technologists, academics, social scientists anyone who is interested to explore some of the
most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology.
The Legal Hackers movement began in 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. Since then, the movement has grown quickly, from a second chapter in Washington, D.C. started by original New York Legal Hackers members, to new chapters spreading across the United States and then the world, to international summits that bring global chapter organizers together to discuss law, technology, and community building. Today, Legal Hackers chapters exist in over 130 cities on six continents, with new chapters launching all the time.
Not local to Sheffield? Take a look at the international chapters page to find a chapter near you.
Through local events, hackathons, and workshops taking place approximately once a month, Sheffield Legal Hackers spot issues and opportunities where technology can improve and inform the practice of law and where law, legal practice, and policy can adapt to rapidly changing technology.
“Access to justice is a basic principle of the rule of law. In the absence of access to justice, people are unable to have their voice heard, exercise their rights, challenge discrimination or hold decision-makers accountable.”
- United Nations
Access to justice is a basic right of citizens, in order to maintain a democratic society functioning under the rule of law. Reforms to our courts system and changes to the levels of legal support provided means that access to justice in England and Wales is now under threat. It has been left to charities such as Citizens Advice, Support Through Court and Law Works to try and fill the access to justice gap that has formed. They are struggling under the pressure, and we want to help.
The mission of Sheffield Legal Hackers is to explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. Our focus is to spot issues and opportunities where technology can improve and inform the practice of law and where law, legal practice, and policy can adapt to rapidly changing technology.
We believe that there is a role that greater use of technology can play in helping charities to support our community, and thus help to improve access to justice in our area (and beyond), and so in 2020 we want to bring together a group of people to deliver some solutions to this space over the course of the year.
In order for this project to be a success we need people from a wide range of backgrounds, including:
For a deep dive into something we made earlier, take a look at this blogpost.
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