What is Crowd Justice?
27th February 2018
We all have legal rights, but it’s not always easy to access them. As an Irish judge is said to have quipped over one hundred years ago: in England, justice is open to all, “like the Ritz Hotel." In 2015, with this in mind, a former UN lawyer founded CrowdJustice – the first and only crowdfunding platform built for legal cases and projects with a mission to make the law more accessible to all.
Crowdfunding for legal action: How does it work?
Taking a legal case can be lonely and expensive – even for those who have some means, let alone for those who don’t. At the same time, ensuring that justice is done and that we live in a society that treats people fairly is something that individuals are willing to get behind.
Crowdfunding enables public-spirited individuals to get behind those who are facing difficult legal challenges, as well as those who are using the law proactively to create change.
The CrowdJustice cases giving public around whistleblowing.
As many PCaW supporters will know, Dr Chris Day had his career derailed after he decided to stand up for patient safety in the hospital where he was working. In order to prevent Dr Day from having a whistleblowing case heard by an employment tribunal, Health Education England attempted to argue junior doctors out of statutory whistleblowing protection. Across three CrowdJustice campaigns, Dr Day raised over £200,000 and mobilised a remarkable 6,000 people to give, by spreading the word amongst fellow doctors, NHS staff and concerned members of the public.
Another NHS whistleblower, Sharmila Chowdhury has so far raised over £10,000 for her legal case on CrowdJustice. As Sharmila says on her case page: “It should not be a crime to speak up and risk losing your career, health, home and reputation as I and many other whistleblowers have faced.”
Using CrowdJustice, Sharmila has been able to bring together a group of backers and give them a tangible way to support her case.
Launching a CrowdJustice case is quick, and CrowdJustice gives advice on how to make it successful. Funds raised go directly to the lawyer’s client account, which adds credibility to the campaign and comfort to backers, who know that funds raised are going directly to support a genuine legal case.
To find out more, email CrowdJustice on firstname.lastname@example.org