Implications of Broadband Initiative for Access to Justice — Interesting Canadian Experiment and a TIG idea

Sunday’s Washington Post on rural broadband set me thinking about the need to be more creative about broadband and the justice system.

When someone says medical and broadband in the same sentence, you know what to think — doctors doing surgery from the other side of the world, MRI’ moving with the speed of light, etc.

But for me at least, “broadband plus justice” evokes images of video training programs and lawyers talking to clients over video — not really so exciting, and not really clear that one need very high bandwidth to achieve it.

As you may know, there have been two broadband awards with significant justice system participation, for Washington State and North Carolina.  Here is the DOJ press release. from last fall.  They represent a real start.

But lets push harder for new ideas:

  • What would a real remote digital courtroom look like? (See description of a really interesting Canadian experiment with a virtual courtroom at a law school being developed with government and law firm money, at above link.)
  • Would scene re-creaction software be different/better if delivered in high def?
  • Have we tested if hi-def remote appearance is more reliable than standard def?
  • Do we need broadband to push out the kind of online video training that might help people prepare for hearings, particularly if it were delivered to their mobile devices (or at least the reminder) a few days before the hearing?
  • What changes need to be made to e-filing to optimize the use of broadband — is in the instructions, the training, or the way document assembly interacts with outcome and artificial intelligence data bases?
  • Should judges have access to outcome and community data to understand the context of events about which they will make judgments?  How might it be displayed?  Does that need broadband?

Brainstorm please — and think about whether LSC programs and their partners could start answering these questions through the TIG process.  How about someone asking for a small grant to study the relevance of the above Canadian experiment for legal aid and courts in the US?

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