The Modernization Our Civil Legal System Needs

Technology can help people who don't have lawyers and make courts more efficient.


Susan K. Urahn
November 6, 2018

Tags: Access to Justice, Courts, Technology

Organizations mentioned/involved: National Center for State Courts (NCSC), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


We will work to increase access to free online legal tools, develop new platforms to help people interact with the courts and conduct data-driven evaluations of how these tools perform. The initiative will also identify policies that can improve outcomes for people involved in civil litigation, and will build partnerships with other stakeholders, policymakers and the private sector to modernize the civil legal system.

If state and local government leaders look closely at the challenges facing the civil legal system, the need for innovation becomes clear. Leaders from all three branches of government have the opportunity to modernize our legal system and truly provide equal justice under law for all Americans.