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Legal futurist shakes up profession

Legal futurist shakes up profession

By Law Institute Journal

Justice Technology 

The state should ensure provision of online tools to help people resolve legal disputes and if that means the role of lawyers is fundamentally altered, so be it. So said Professor Richard Susskind on a visit to Melbourne in May. After delivering the Sir Zelman Cowen Centenary Oration on the future of the courts and legal services at Victoria University, the UK legal futurist spoke about access to justice for people with “low value claims”. “Traditionally the role of the state was to provide judges and courts to resolve disputes, I think we need not just the middle layer of case officers, [but] I think that the state needs either to provide or ensure, perhaps through collaboration with pro bono and the legal profession, that for the majority of legal problems there are decent online legal diagnostic systems that can help people understand their entitlements and obligations – systems that explain what remedies and options are available, so people get the right advice from the right source,” Professor Susskind said.

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