Original article was published by Dorsa Eshtehardian on Artificial Intelligence on Medium
2. Improving Access to Justice
As law students and future lawyers, we have a duty to advocate for a more equitable legal system, and one way to do this is by implementing more innovative processes in legal practice that can help increase accessibility. But first, it’s essential to identify the barriers that exist in our legal system today and how we can eliminate them. Currently, in Ontario, there is an access to justice crisis. 60% of Ontarians have little to no confidence that they can afford a lawyer (The Action Group on Access to Justice).
Technology has made it possible for individuals to access self-help tools online before contacting an attorney to identify a starting point to their legal problem. The Legal Innovation Zone’s Family Law Portal is an excellent example of an online tool that helps guide Ontario families in learning about their rights and responsibilities when involved in separation or divorce and helps them identify the necessary documents they need to consider for their case. Technology helps empower individuals by giving them access to information that is easily accessible so that they can make informed decisions about their legal rights and identify what needs to be addressed by a legal professional. By automating time-consuming and repetitive tasks, lawyers are also reducing the existing financial barriers for many consumers, thereby making them more affordable and accessible.