Justice Adda is almost 4!

As we turn four, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on our journey so far. We are thrilled to announce that we are launching a new website, with new features, ideas and services!

 

When Justice Adda was launched, it started with the ambition of being a blog that produced legal content in an accessible and engaging manner for an audience primarily in India.  The idea was to examine the ways in which judgments, legal documents like wills and lease agreements, and legislations were drafted and we sought to find new ways to communicate them. We worked on matters related to the Rights of a Child through music, the Sustainable Development Goals through film, how court reporters work through visual mediums, and built content which we hoped would make the law interactive and interesting for the citizen in India.

 

We had the wonderful opportunity of being supported at the Cambridge Social Ventures Programme at Cambridge Judge Business School in our second year. This experience helped us make sense of how to build a business that can have impact while also thinking about our  people and our financial sustainability. These have not been easy to do, and it is largely thanks to a dedicated and commmitted team that have worked on several projects often as pro-bono consultants that we have continued to work over the years. As we go forward, we hope to grow as a team, and increase the amount of work we can do.

 

The last year has allowed us to develop in this regard, and through a collaboration with Manupatra, a leading legal publisher, we produced an E- Book of illustrated  cases of the Supreme Court of India, which looked at important decisions of the court using visual mediums. This project was recognised by the UN-Sustainable Development Solutions Network -Youth as one of 50 innovative solutions.

 

We also collaborated with the Camrbidge Pro Bono Project at the University of Cambridge to produce  a Handbook on Designing Socially Reponsible Law Firms, a toolkit for law firms in India that wanted to build pro-bono programs. We are currently working with VM Salgaocar College of Law in Goa to produce a series of legal procedures in  accessible formats.

 

Over the past couple of years, we have been trying to find out how best we can contribute to organizations working on matters of access to justice, rule of law, corporate social responsibility in India. We do not want to duplicate the important work already out there, and thought it best to find a way to complement the organizations working in the field. This meant we needed to think differently from being an information resource and a blog as we had first started out to be, to instead aim to be a service provider, that could collaborate, support, train and learn from other organizations in the field.

 

Whether law firms or NGOs, universities or development organizations, government or media houses we want our design, technology, research and training services to make the law work for everyone.

In the next year, we look forward to new projects, new learning and many more collaborations.

 

Finally none of this would be possible without you, our user.

 

Thank you for your support and encouragement and we hope you will continue to keep using, engaging and reading Justice Adda!

by Siddharth Peter de Souza

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Justice Adda was a part of the Cambridge Social Ventures Programme in the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School 2016-17.