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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?

Litigating in the Civil Courts

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

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.