Changing landscape of access to justice in private and public law children cases

Linguistic and Socio-Legal Analysis
of Online Forums for Litigants in Person

The project studies information and advice available for private and public children cases via social media.


Since cuts in legal aid, there has been an increase in numbers of people who cannot afford to pay for legal advice and have to go through legal proceedings on their own.  Without an affordable option for face-to-face legal advice, they turn to online sources and forums, which can potentially be misleading. One of the outcomes of the projects is to inform people on how to find reliable information and further sources of advice.  

About the project

The project studies information and advice available for private and public children cases via social media.

Since cuts in legal aid, there has been an increase in numbers of people who cannot afford to pay for legal advice and have to go through legal proceedings on their own.  Without an affordable option for face-to-face legal advice, they turn to online sources and forums, which can potentially be misleading. One of the outcomes of the projects is to inform people on how to find reliable information and further sources of advice.  

  • type of information and advice LIPs are seeking;
  • quality of information and advice they are provided with;
  • types of advisors providing legal information and advice
    online.

Project team

Dr Tatiana Tkacukova
Principal Investigator

Senior Lecturer in English Language, School of English, Birmingham City University

Tatiana’s research is on communication challenges of Litigants in Person and language use in legal settings. Tatiana’s research on access to justice for LIPs has previously been funded by EU Marie Curie Fellowship scheme and New Zealand Law Foundation. She has been involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects, including the survey of LIPs in the Birmingham Civil Justice Centre with Birmingham Law School, and acted as an external advisor for human rights organisations (JUSTICE).

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Prof Hilary Sommerlad
Co-Investigator

Senior Lecturer in English Language, School of English, Birmingham City University

Chair in Law and Social Justice

Hilary is based in the Centre for Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds.  As a former practising legal aid lawyer, access to justice has been one of her main research areas for over 20 years.  During this time she has mapped the changes to the legal aid system in a series of publications.  Her recent work has focused on the problems confronting unrepresented litigants in the family courts and the question of social justice generally. She is a member of the International Legal Aid Group, has acted as an external advisor for JUSTICE and the Legal Action Group and currently serves on the expert working group of the Public Law Project on Brexit, Immigration, and Administrative Justice.

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Matt Gee
Researcher

Research Fellow in Linguistics, School of English, Birmingham City University
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Methodology and Workshop

  This interdisciplinary project uses corpus linguistic methods to inform qualitative socio-legal analysis and answer primarily socio-legal research questions. Corpus linguistics allows for a semi-automated analysis of linguistic patterns in corpora, which are essentially textual databases compiled for specific research purposes. The project thus contributes to widening the scope of corpus linguistics to other disciplines as well as introduce corpus linguistics as a research tool for quantifying the data and enhancing objectiveness of qualitative analysis in socio-legal studies.

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  This interdisciplinary project uses corpus linguistic methods to inform qualitative socio-legal analysis and answer primarily socio-legal research questions. Corpus linguistics allows for a semi-automated analysis of linguistic patterns in corpora, which are essentially textual databases compiled for specific research purposes. The project thus contributes to widening the scope of corpus linguistics to other disciplines as well as introduce corpus linguistics as a research tool for quantifying the data and enhancing objectiveness of qualitative analysis in socio-legal studies.

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