Our aim is to help people who are seeking to resolve legal problems - including those which concern their rights in relation to the State - by facilitating evidence-based changes in the justice system.

Our funding priorities include family and youth justice and the links with the child protection system, and the participation and rights of vulnerable people within the legal system. Another priority is to encourage good early decision-making that could avoid disputes before they get to court, including in civil administration/tribunal justice disputes.

Details of individual projects funded by our Justice programme, including their outputs where available, can be found by clicking on the relevant link in the Our work in this area section of this page.

  • Projects in family justice. This includes legal policy issues such as co-habitation, divorce and separation and child contact; the operation of family courts in both public and private law cases; the use of other mechanisms to promote outcomes appropriate to promote child welfare; and international family law.
  • The administrative justice system is a key mechanism for individuals to hold the state to account. We fund projects relating to dispute resolution and how it can be improved rather than on public administration in itself. 
  • Empirical and evaluative work on the accessibility of the legal system for users (witnesses, as well as parties to a case) who may be vulnerable, including but not confined to those with mental disabilities. 
  • Wider questions about how empirical research and analysis may inform the design and operation of the justice system.

Full details about the priorities and criteria for our Law in Society funding programme, along with information about the application process is available in the apply for funding section.

Our work in this area