There used to be a system which
gave all claimants and defendants equal justice
in the eyes of the law. But recent cuts to legal
aid have left a worrying gap in administering
No longer does government have the resources
to fund litigants unable to cover own their legal
fees. For cases which merit a public interest
there is still an obligation by the state to intervene
where justice may not be seen to be served. But
what about the rest? Being poor now means accessing
your basic rights may prove challenging. Without
your lawyers fees, your case may never reach a
Crowd funding could be filling this fairness gap
by disrupting the in the fin tech industry and
helping to balance the scales of justice.
Similar to familiar crowd funding principles,
recently publicised platforms such as CrowdJustice.com
are changing the way justice is pursued, giving
cases that may not be covered under legal aid
an equal chance to be heard in the court system.
As most would agree, your ability to pay a lawyer
should not determine your ability to seek justice.
By highlighting public interest cases then inviting
the public to fund them, crowdfunding is helping
to deliver justice where the state or the private
sector has failed.
So the next time you see a campaign to fund litigation
fees, ask yourself what happened to the fairer society
our government claims to be building.
Published: February 2018
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