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What does crowd funded litigation tell us about justice?

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 fairness.

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 courtroom.

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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