Karyna Omelchenko, Prabhjot Punnia, Darren Wagner and Denis Ram of the University of Alberta competed and won an international legal tech competition by creating an app that automates the police-complaint process.
This app uses an open-source legal-automation tool called DocAssemble. It uses a guided interview technique to lead the user step-by-step with each question to determine whether there is legal grounds for a complaint.
If there are grounds, it generates a formal complaint letter that cites the relevant statutes for each ground and sends it (anonymously if requested) to the Chief of Police, the Police Commission, and the Department of Professional Standards for the Police Service and the Provincial Minister of Justice.
This app is a prime example of how technology can increase access to justice – which is one of the goals of this podcast.
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