Over the last week the importance of South Africa’s judiciary and justice system has been highlighted once again.
While former President Jacob Zuma’s arrest in regards to an incarceration order from the Constitutional Court is important for a number of reasons, it’s also important to recognise the failings of the justice system.
Among those failings is the lack of access to justice and legal services for folks who aren’t former presidents. This is something which accelerators such as the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) addresses by assisting startups that provide access, legal services and more.
To give you an idea of how big these failings are – head of the HiiL Innovation Hub Southern Africa, Adam Oxford says that 70 percent of justice problems remain unresolved due to a lack of access, trust and the high cost of legal services.
“By addressing justice over the past six years in South Africa, we have used data, innovation, and transformation to build programmes and run hackathons that encourage the development of user-friendly justice,” says Oxford.
Initiatives such as HiiL’s then are not nice to have, they are a necessity.
The Kickoff and Pitch session for the HiiL Justice Accelerator 2021 is set to take place on 13th July and we highly recommend tuning in if you have an interest in startups, innovation, the justice system or all of the above.
The event will take place on Zoom on 13th July and it starts at 18:00. You can register to join the event here.
The startups that will be pitching their innovations include:
- BUA – Bua identifies hindrances in accessing justice and formulates and implements technological solutions that enable victims to take charge.
- LegalFundi – LegalFundi is simplifying legal and regulatory processes to ensure compliance and unlock opportunities. Empowering individuals, SMEs, employees and corporates through access and communication.
- Legal Ascend – Legal Ascend is an application, which enables the recently bereaved to manage estate executorship correctly and easily without running up large legal fees.
- Moloa365 – Molao365 is an online free legal advice service offered via an application. The legal advice services are offered in local RSA languages by qualified & experienced lawyers.
- Kleva Contracts – Kleva Contracts democratise access to legal services by providing online contract creation, access to legal services and educational material in multiple South African languages.
- IP Braai – IP Braai is an online legal agency focused on Intellectual Property and Commercial Law.
- EzyFind – EzyFind empowers South African citizens with legal information & FREE legal contracts for online digital download. Online digital purchase and consultation between attorney and client.
“We’re exceptionally proud to see that many of this year’s finalists have been through previous HiiL programmes, and we have watched them develop over time to be potential game-changers in the field of justice,” says Oxford.
The startups will pitch their innovations to a panel of experts which will select five innovators to move forward in the challenge. These five startups will receive four months of intensive programmatic support as well as a €10 000 (~R170 216) grant.
Given South Africa is still under a strict level 4 lockdown make yourself a warm drink, grab a snack and join us to see how these seven startups address the issues we all face.
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