What’s going on here?
CrowdJustice is a “JusticeTech” company. The platform is used by potential claimants to raise funds for legal actions.
What does this mean?
CrowdJustice is a crowdfunding platform launched by Julia Salasky in 2015. Her aim was to promote equal access to justice and accessibility to legal advice. Crowdfunding is a mechanism by which people can raise money to bring forward individual disputes or group actions through their friend and family networks… think of it as GoFundMe, but for your legal battles!
Unlike GoFundMe, CrowdJustice is tailor-made to be used for legal disputes, with law specific checks and controls in place to keep users safe. For example, to launch a campaign, you have to have a lawyer instructed who is representing you to ensure that the funds raised are being used appropriately.
What’s the big picture effect?
The advantage of CrowdJustice for law firms is that it increases the firm’s potential client pool. As anyone is able to raise money for their services, law firms can take on a diverse range of clients… not just wealthy individuals and corporations. While legal aid in the UK is being cut and is seen as insufficient to help those most in need of it, the role of crowdfunded litigation may start to grow.
This platform encourages engagement with the law and allows individuals to have a say on topics that matter to them. By enabling ordinary people to vote with their money, the app promises the opportunity to “contribute to changing the law”.
As the app has funded cases all the way to the Supreme Court, it’s clear that some have found it very helpful.
However, whether it will enter the mainstream remains to be seen.
Report written by Natasha D.
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