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Introduction to the English Legal System

Introduction to the English Legal System (15th edn)

Martin Partington
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date: 25 June 2022

p. 29110. Access to justice: paying for legal serviceslocked

p. 29110. Access to justice: paying for legal serviceslocked

  • Martin Partington

Abstract

This chapter focuses on how legal services, in particular litigation, to the less well off and the poor are paid for. It considers first the radically changed shape of the legal aid scheme and publicly funded legal services in recent years and then discusses the developments designed to control the costs of litigation. It summarizes new ideas for the funding of litigation and improving access to justice. It considers the contribution of the legal profession and approaches to re-engineering the system, finally asking whether new processes—alternatives to the courts—might be better at providing cost effective and proportionate dispute resolution services.

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