Achieving Accessible Justice (AAJ)
AAJ is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and runs from 2017-2019. The project examines court user participation and the factors which support or undermine this. It covers the criminal and family courts; employment and immigration and asylum tribunals; and the coroner’s court. We define participation as court users’ understanding of the process and their role within it, their ability and opportunity to communicate to the court or tribunal (with support if necessary) and their right to be protected from significant levels of anxiety or distress during the hearing. Through court observations and in-depth interviews with practitioners, we are seeking to highlight both provisions which can support court users’ participation, and the various barriers which impede it, in order to improve participation across the courts and tribunal system.
This work is due to be completed in summer 2019.