With the newly-elected U.K. government plotting to tear up the Human Rights Act, and legal aid budgets already slashed, a new way for communities to fund legal action couldn’t have come at a better time.
CrowdJustice, a London-based startup founded by ex-United Nations lawyer Julia Salasky, is a crowdfunding platform for “public interest” litigation. The idea is to bring the Kickstarter model to legal cases that would otherwise find it hard to get funded, in a bid to widen access to justice.
“CrowdJustice allows communities to band together to access the courts to protect their communal assets – like their local hospital – or shared values – like human rights. Successive governments have made access to justice harder and more expensive but we are using the power of the crowd to try and stem the tide,” explains Salasky.
“Under the coalition government, and we can be sure…
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