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'All men are equal before the law. "A man is innocent until proved guilty." The British way oflife stands for the Rule of Law.' We are taught to have confidence in such axioms, and regularly give them public tribute. Yet in practice the law as a social service falls below these ideals. Of all our social services the law is the least adequate the least used, and In many ways the least usable.
In Search of Justice follows on from the authors widely discussed Lawyers and the Courts. Its outline of the legal system is as comprehensive as any readily obtainable elsewhere, and draws attention to point after point where that system fails to serve the public interest.
All aspects of the professlon - legal education, legal aid, the courts and judges - are then evaluated against the needs of modern society. With these criteria the authors show in a powerful and often irreverent analysis that patch-work reform Is not enough, and propose methods for a wholesale reconstruction of the system