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Access to Justice and Legal Aid: Comparative Perspectives on Unmet Legal Need

Edited by: Asher Flynn, Jacqueline Hodgson

ISBN13: 9781509929818
Published: June 2019
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2017)
Price: £30.00
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781509900848

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This book considers how access to justice is affected by restrictions to legal aid budgets and increasingly prescriptive service guidelines, which are a controversial and hotly contested part of the contemporary global legal landscape.

As common law jurisdictions, England and Wales, and Australia, share common ideals, policies and practices. Yet, they also differ in aspects of their legal and political culture, in the nature of the communities they serve, and in the approaches adopted by their respective judiciaries. They provide us with different perspectives on access to justice and how we might seek to overcome the crisis in unmet legal need.

The book fills an important gap in existing scholarship as the first to bring together new empirical and theoretical knowledge examining different justice responses to legal aid crises in these jurisdictions in both domestic and comparative contexts, across the realms of criminal, civil and family law.

It achieves this by examining the broader social, political, legal, health and welfare impacts of legal aid cuts and prescriptive service guidelines. It is essential reading for all those interested in access to justice and legal aid.

General Interest
1. Access to Justice and Legal Aid Cuts: A Mismatch of Concepts in the Contemporary Australian and British Legal Landscapes
2. Making the Case for a Human Right to Legal Aid
3. The Demise of Criminal Legal Aid in England and Wales
4. The View from the Bench: A Judicial Perspective on Access to Justice
5. Community Lawyers, Law Reform and Systemic Change
6. Face-to-Interface Communication: Accessing Justice by Video Link from Prison
7. DIY Law and Legal Representation: Some Consequences of the Rise of Amateurism and the De-valuing of Expertise
8. The Changing Legal Spaces of Advice Work
9. 'What if there is nowhere you can get advice?' Civil Legal Aid Cuts and Advice Charities
10. What are Lawyers For? Cuts to Legal Aid and the Identity Crisis in Global Lawyering, Lessons from the Experience of England and Wales
11. Insights into Inequality: Victorian Women's Access to Legal Aid
12. Access to What? LASPO and Mediation
13. Indigenous People and Access to Justice in Civil and Family Law
14. Austerity and Justice in an Age of Mass Migration
15. Maximising Benefits for Vulnerable Victorians in an Effective, Economic and Efficient Way
16. Challenges Facing Australian Legal Aid