Access to Justice – Rights or Rations? Comparing European Legal Aid Systems in the Context of a Shrinking Budgetary Environment
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The inspiration for this thesis was derived from a week spent in the family law department of a local solicitor's practice. The UK government's reforms to the legal aid system were about to be implemented and appeared to be affecting the work undertaken as well as the morale of the solicitors working there. The discussion reviews the recent and proposed reforms to legal aid in England and Wales and their effect on access to justice. A comparison is made with other legal aid systems within the EU, examining best practices and the rationale behind implementation of reforms in order to develop an exemplar model which may be used as guidance when assessing or comparing legal aid systems in the future.
Follett, L. (2008) 'Access to Justice – Rights or Rations? Comparing European Legal Aid Systems in the Context of a Shrinking Budgetary Environment ', Plymouth Law and Criminal Justice Review, 1, pp. 1-28. Available at: https://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk/handle/10026.1/8939
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