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Lawyers needed for research into challenges of online courts

The University of Otago wants to involve lawyers in a research project that will investigate whether online courts in New Zealand will improve access to the country’s justice system.

Otago will be the first university in NZ to explore the potential impact of a global trend toward adopting online courts, which allow people to file their claims without using a lawyer.

The university’s legal issues centre wants to look at whether people can understand legal language and procedures by asking lawyers to work with researchers on “mock claims”. The project will be led by Bridgette Toy-Cronin, the centre’s director.

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