Rebooting Justice: More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of Law by Benjamin H. BartonRebooting Justice: More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of Law by Benjamin H. Barton

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

byBenjamin H. Barton, Stephanos Bibas

Hardcover | August 1, 2017

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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 Justicepresents 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.
Benjamin H. Bartonis the Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee. His scholarship has been discussed or reviewed inTime Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, The Sydney Morning Herald, andThe ABA Journal.Barton also worked as a clinic...
Title:Rebooting Justice: More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of LawFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Encounter BooksLanguage:English

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"Rebooting Justice is a crucial book on a crucial topic. It offers a sobering indictment of what passes for justice for poor and middle-class Americans, and the need for structural reform. These gifted scholars bring a wealth of pathbreaking research, critical insight, and innovative proposals to bear on one of the nation's most pressing problems: how to provide cost effective legal assistance for those who need it most."-Deborah L. Rhode, Stanford University"America's legal establishment is right that our legal system is suffering an access-to-justice crisis, but dead wrong about how to fix things. In clear, energetic, skillful prose, Bibas and Barton first give the misguided crusade for Civil Gideon a decent burial. Then they go on to propose ideas that are much better-better in moving with the times on technology, better at lowering rather than heightening the problems of cost and delay, and better at focusing the scarce talents of skilled courtroom counsel where they can make the most difference, specifically on felony charges."-Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and author of The Litigation Explosion"Too much procedure means too little justice. With vivid stories, Rebooting Justicedescribes how fairness got lost in the modern legal maze. The test of justice is how it actually works. Barton and Bibos prove, beyond doubt, that it's time to reboot American justice."-Philip K. Howard, author of The Rule of Nobody and The Death of Common Sense"America's legal system is bloated, inefficient-and almost completely inaccessible to a huge part of America. Bibas and Barton offer highly persuasive proposals for putting it on a diet, and making law as accessible to ordinary Americans as it was in Lincoln's time."-Glenn Reynolds, Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law and author of and The New School