Imagine this scenario: you have perfectly user-centred, researched page of gorgeous content and your publishing process means your next step is to get it ‘signed off’ by a legal team.
You send it off.
That legal person makes you put a 90-word paragraph of impenetrable jargon in the middle of it, ensuring most readers will either skip it or bounce out.
Have you been through anything like that? If you haven’t, this post probably isn’t relevant. But if you have, there’s some hope out there.
Some context for you
When children are adults
The law itself has just changed so 17-year olds can be seen as children.
This is really important.
A child may not know what any of their rights are. They may not realise they can have a lawyer, and a responsible adult, present when they are questioned. This lack of knowledge can have devastating results.
Last year, a 17-year old was in police custody.
The 17-year old was seen as an adult and not allowed to call her parents.
The 17-year old was held in a police cell for 2 nights and 3 days.
The 17-year old committed suicide a few hours after she was released.
Representing a child is unbelievably important
Junior barristers get to practice, without proper training and no experience, on children's lives.
Stop and think about that for a moment.
The loo story
Now, that's a silly thing to do.
But worth slapping the kid with a caution (a formal warning) that will stay with him/her forever? A caution that stops that child being able to go to some countries? Go into certain careers? For some stupid mistake?
A series of 'mistakes', fine. A 'mistake' like stabbing someone, fine. But one single mistake in a lifetime of good behaviour. Really?
The loo story is a true story
Could have been so different.
Plain English law
This is a website that can, quite literally, save a child's life.
While I stood there, listening to the speeches, I heard to inspiring stories and amazing work.
I also heard lawyers tutting at the use of the word ‘adjourn’. "Why isn’t it just 'delay'?" someone called out.
Here was a room full of lawyers, some of the cleverest people around, who are working to make the law understandable and open to everyone. The legal system is a scary place. Here was a room full of people wanting to make it better.
Content and legal
It’s not often I feel awe like this. Just wanted to share.