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Rebooting Justice

More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of Law

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Hardcover / 240 pages
ISBN: 9781594039331
AVAILABLE: 7/25/2017


Rebooting Justice
More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of Law

America is a nation founded on justice and the rule of law. But our laws are too complex, and legal advice too expensive, for poor and even middle-class Americans to get help and vindicate their rights. Criminal defendants facing jail time may receive an appointed lawyer who is juggling hundreds of cases and immediately urges them to plead guilty. Civil litigants are even worse off; usually, they get no help at all navigating the maze of technical procedures and rules. The same is true of those seeking legal advice, like planning a will or negotiating an employment contract.

Rebooting Justice presents a novel response to longstanding problems. The answer is to use technology and procedural innovation to simplify and change the process itself. In the civil and criminal courts where ordinary Americans appear the most, we should streamline complex procedures and assume that parties will not have a lawyer, rather than the other way around. We need a cheaper, simpler, faster justice system to control costs. We cannot untie the Gordian knot by adding more strands of rope; we need to cut it, to simplify it.


About the Authors

Benjamin H. Barton is the Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee.

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Stephanos Bibas is a Professor of Law and Criminology and the Director of the Supreme Court Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a founding faculty member of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, which seeks to study and fix flaws in the criminal justice system that cause innocent defendants to be wrongfully convicted. A graduate of Columbia, Oxford, and Yale Law School, he clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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