Teesside University’s Law Clinic has developed two unique apps to help people negotiate complex legal processes saving time and cost.
The clinic has developed a free app which guides litigants through the necessary procedures in order to make a claim at the Small Claims Court.
Another app, which costs £2.99, has been designed for landlords and takes them through the process of ending a tenancy.
The Law Clinic, which offers free advice and representation to the public with the help of Teesside University’s academics, external lawyers and students, now hopes to develop further apps on a wider range of legal issues.
The apps have been designed as a series of ‘walk-through’ guides, with the help of Pixelbrawl, a software development company founded by Teesside University graduates Simon Launder, James Whitemore and Matthew Daroczy, and their development was supported by the university’s DigitalCity Innovation project.
At each stage of the legal process, the user is asked questions and depending upon their answers is either given an explanation of the procedure or directed to websites which can help them.
Andrew Perriman, the senior lecturer in law who runs Teesside Law Clinic, said: “For people who are unfamiliar with the legal system, even something relatively straightforward like a small claim can be extremely complex. However, hiring a lawyer can be difficult and counter-productive depending upon the value of the claim.
“There is also an added to benefit to us, as the income that we generate through advertising can be ploughed back into the pro bono work that we do.”