Small claims, big implications: usability of legal systems in theory and practice
- Legal Service Bulletin Co-operative
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- Journal article
- Leung Linda 2006, 'Legal System: Small claims, big implications: usability of legal systems in theory and practice', Legal Service Bulletin Co-operative Ltd, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 95-96.
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The purposes of this article are many: partly cathartic, educational, persuasive and reflective. It seeks to examine the legal system, profession and discipline through my experience of a Small Claims court case. The perspective I bring to this is multidisciplinary: given my background in Cultural Studies, I am interested in legal practice and how its associated relationships of power are negotiated between practitioners and citizens; as a lecturer in Information Technology, I am intrigued by the usability of systems; and as an academic, I am fascinated by the discursive differences between disciplines. Therefore, this article will examine how the cultural and technical practice of law impacts its usability as a system through my personal experience as a user interacting with the system and its legal practitioners.
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