In a statement on Thursday, the government said grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 would be given as part of the latest round of the Access to Justice Innovation Fund.
Applications can be lodged from 1 February until 15 March and lawyers, community groups, coders and social entrepreneurs were asked to put forward innovative proposals that could improve the dispensation of justice.
The NSW Government pointed to the New Age Legal Assistant chatbot developed by the Marrackville Legal Centre as an example of the use of technology to serve justice. This chatbot was put online in December and the centre was the first to receive $250,000 for its work.
"NALA answers commonly-asked questions in real time, automating straightforward administrative tasks such as traffic fines and rental bond issues.
"This frees up Community Legal Centre staff to assist clients personally with more complex problems, slashing wait times for hundreds of people each week."
NSW attorney-general Mark Speakman said: “We encourage ideas from legal professionals, community groups, coders and social entrepreneurs that improve the way legal problems are resolved, or help people navigate the justice system.
“If you have a proposal for an inventive, low-cost, high-impact project with a focus on socially and economically disadvantaged communities, we want to hear from you.”
Non-government organisations, not-for-profit organisations, or a business that provides services to people living in NSW are eligible for the grants. Private individuals who want to apply have to do so through partnership with an organisational entity.