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Proxy models of legal need: can they contribute to equity of access to justice?

Baker, DJ and Barrow, S 2006, 'Proxy models of legal need: can they contribute to equity of access to justice?' , Journal of Social Policy, 35 (2) , pp. 267-282.

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Abstract

Prioritisation of cases and resources as a means of rationing the limited legal aid budget has recently become a feature of access to justice in the UK. This article explores the utility of devising proxymodels of ‘legal need’ as a means of enabling the rational and equitable planning of legal services in these circumstances. Different conceptual and methodological approaches are considered, highlighting preliminary development work in Scotland. The likelihood of developing ‘legal needs’ measures that promote equity of access to appropriate legal services is discussed in the light of problems with defining ‘legal need’ and the diversity of services available for the resolution of legal problems.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > K Law > K Law (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Policy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00472794
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Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2007 13:04
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:44
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/7

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