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Setting up new clearinghouses 2.0

Summary. Setting up a pro bono clearinghouse without the necessary support is daunting and extremely time consuming. SaaS software, such as Quesmi, allows to set up an efficient pro bono clearing house connecting lawyers, pro bono organizations, and applicants much faster and at lower cost.

Access to justice is strictly necessary to build a fair and merit-based society. In the words of the U.S, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (1964), "there can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has." According to the United Nations, 4 billion people today have no access to justice when they need it.

Community or pro bono organizations in every city, town, and country are the key to facilitating access to justice. Lawyers and pro bono organizations work hand-in-hand to bridge the gap between the poor and their access to justice.

Setting up and maintaining schemes is not straightforward and requires resources and effort. Most of the administrative work of registering, processing and accounting for a pro bono matter is manual, laborious and, given the volume of admin work involved, very often not a focus for whosoever is involved. Some cases get lost in the system, some cases are not accounted for, and very often, there is duplication of effort by lawyers and administrators because there is poor file management systems and case history record.

At Quesmi, we are looking to change this status quo through the smart use of technology. With solutions adaptable to all regions, languages and organisations, our mission is to ensure that those who require access to justice can do so with ease. By providing the right tools and processes, we can empower lawyers and the structures that support their pro bono efforts, to have the greatest impact. A fit-for-purpose platform can be up and running within a matter of days.

With a shared SaaS online platform like Quesmi, scaling access to justice has never been easier. Together we can raise the standards that we, as legal professionals, must meet. Together, we can build a better and more fair society.

By Olivier Dauw, 2019-11-06