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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Juspax, the citizens' court

Juspax logo. Used with permission.

It's been a good week for online legal websites. In the UK, a new service has just launched to allow minor motoring offences to be settled online: Online motoring offences plea service launched (BBC News website, 27 February 2015).

Meantime, in the USA,, a social media site for resolving issues unofficially, aims to function in a similar manner to the Ancient Greek courts, because the member jurors decide the outcome of cases. There is no judge or prosecution, and anyone can register a case against anyone else. A plaintiff can file a petition, appoint a legal team, submit evidence and have an independent group of members take a look at the evidence, offering advice and support as needed, before reaching a decision.

Now, this is not a replacement for the judicial courts, but rather a chance to see whether something a plaintiff holds dear has a chance of being heard in the regular courts before they commit to the financial and emotional expense that such a move is likely to bring. The home page mentions that the site specializes in righting wrongs, advising on complaints, helping to settle disagreements and offering support for open cases. It sounds almost like a peer review system for petitioners.

The system can be used in addition to the judicial court system or independently of it. If you want to find out whether you think you have a case to take to the judge and court, you can run it past the member jurors and see what they think. If you have a cause you want to fight for, you could see what level of support it gets from others before going to the expense of setting up a campaign, a petition or a paper. I guess, as a plaintiff, if you think the judge is not going to deliver the verdict you would like, you could try your case out on the citizen jurors of JusPax and see what they say. (Mind you, if they side with the judge, it might turn ugly for someone.)

Anyone can start a petition through the site to highlight or help their cause. As a legal expert, if you're interested in pro bono work, this could be an outlet to consider. JusPax also has an area for NGOs and other similar charitable, legal or development organizations to register their interest in advising people or seeing their causes petitioned. There are themed listings to allow many different types of firm to show their interest in this site and those who use it. This site and its backers can help gauge likely public and judicial opinion in many scenarios, for a fraction of the cost of raising a case and taking it through the regular courts.

For that alone, is worth a try if you find yourself in the position of needing to canvass opinion before making an official case.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Clock by Geralt on Pixabay. CC0.

So here I am, at the start of a brand new plan.

To post my reviews in one place.


Not all over the web according to whoever hosts a site that caters for that specialty, or happens to want my business at the time, although extra articles will still be posted to those locations on an as needs basis.

But the time has come, as the Walrus post my reviews all together. They are a body of work in their own right by now, and should be read as such.

Over the coming months there will be over 100 reviews making their debut here, and with luck I can index them all too, to show you that some brands, organizations and ideas are worthy of coming back to. I can also illustrate themes in my writing too: companies that are good at marketing, and people who like my style of writing.

I never thought when I started writing reviews in December 2013 that it would come to this, but although I love writing of all genres, I seem to write better reviews than anything else. I can barely keep up with all the links sent my way, after all.

I can still find time to proofread and edit great fiction though, so if your genre is fiction, talk to me.

Opinions expressed here are my own, formed from reading both the websites behind the links I am sent and other information about the product or company available online.