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Ross Cranston

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199292073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292073.001.0001

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Access to Justice: I

Access to Justice: I

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How Law Works

Ross Cranston

Oxford University Press

This chapter is about the compensating mechanisms and how they work to further access to justice. It starts by reviewing how publicly funded legal services can be justified given the many other calls on the public purse. It then explores one of the various forms of public funding, traditional legal aid, sometimes called judicare, where public funding goes to pay private lawyers who take on clients largely as if they were fee-paying. It also describes the structures for public funding. The next parts of the chapter move away from public funding. It addresses whether it is possible to stimulate private provision of legal services to close some of the gaps in access to justice. Furthermore, it discusses alternative dispute mechanisms to deal with people's legal disputes. It is stated that there is a need for new ways of doing things which facilitate access to justice.

Keywords:   access to justice, public funding, legal services, legal aid, private lawyers, legal disputes

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