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EVENT - 'Law for Good' Hackathon - March 18th & 19th 2016


Legal GeekHackney Community Law Centre is very grateful to Jimmy Vestbirk, the Founder of Legal Geek, for organising an exciting event later this spring, which is aimed at assisting HCLC and our sister law centres to deliver even greater access to justice through technology.


The ground-breaking legal ‘hackathon’ will pit computer programmers against each other to reach the best solution to legal technological challenges and problems posed by HCLC. The event will take place over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of March at Google campus in Shoreditch.


The 'hackathon’ will seek to boost HCLC's efficiency with IT-based products that could also be rolled out to other centres if successful.


Welcoming the hackathon HCLC Chair Ian Rathbone said: “We have to continue to seek and find ways to make justice accessible to residents in a regime of harsh cuts to legal aid by central Government. It is so encouraging that Jimmy has come forward with this wonderful ground-breaking idea for helping us to deliver that access to justice through technology.  We have to continue to explore new ideas and take risks if necessary in using whatever legal means we can to ensure we continue to have a democratic and open and fair society. And the bottom line of that is that everyone, regardless of who they are, should have a fair opportunity of access to the justice system.


Last autumn, we pioneered a specially created video link allowing clients to receive employment law advice from a barrister, allowing cases to move on more quickly and make savings in barristers’ fees and time. I am hoping we can harness the latest technology to halt and turn back the tide of unfairness and meanness that is being sent through the legal system by those in power. I wish all the computer programmers involved in the hackathon all the best in tackling our legal challenges and problems. Whether or not you come up solutions, it’s enough to know that you want to help others who are struggling with their lives and the legal system, when they may have very little money or support.”


To find out more about the 'hackathon' please click HERE. To read an interview that Jimmy Vesbirk has given to the Legal Futures magazine about the hackathon please click HERE.