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Research themes

We are an interdisciplinary centre that researches accessibility, affordability, efficiency, fairness and accuracy in New Zealand’s justice system. Our research explores three themes:

Aotearoa's Future Courts

Projects in this theme examine questions such as:

  • What is a court?
  • Who do the courts serve?
  • How can new technologies improve court-user’s access to the courts?
  • How should new technologies be integrated into the courtroom so that legal procedures are fairer, and facilitate justice?

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Litigating in the Civil Courts

Projects in this theme examine how civil litigation can be more accessible, affordable, and efficient for all New Zealanders.

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Accessing Legal Services

Projects in this theme investigate topics including the availability of free and low-cost legal services; the practice of pro-bono legal services; and the public’s experience of working with lawyers.

We are also producing a series of animated videos to explain key aspects of civil litigation to lay users of the court system.

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Research opportunities for students

Find out about research opportunities we offer for students