Publicly funded legal aid has undergone rapid change in this century. Developing from charity to large scale, publicly funded schemes, legal aid flourished in many western countries in the 1960s and 1970s. But, during the 1980s governments began to lose faith in publicly funded legal aid. In the 1990s major funding and eligibility cuts have occurred in Sweden, England and Wales, the USA, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. To answer the
need for a better understanding of the extraordinary rise and fall of legal aid, this book brings together contributions from the leading international scholars in the field. Researchers from north America, Europe and Australia examine the origins of modern legal aid, analyse its recent rapid decline
and consider its likely future. This collection of original studies does not, however, merely describe legal aids changing fortunes. The contributors also apply legal and social science perspectives to analyse and theorise about legal aid. In particular, rather than describe developments in individual societies, the contributors compare legal aid across societies to develop important insights including legal aids relationship with the legal profession, welfare states
and legal families. This book will be embraced by all those interested in legal aid.
`In a valuable chapter, Francis Regan ... considers why legal aid services vary between societies. ... I found this book very interesting, particularly with the coverage of legal aid systems from a wide range of nations. It should make a useful contribution to debate and policy making in this area ...'
Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2, April 2001
`Helpful approaches to explaining the differences in provisions cross-nationally of legal aid.'
The Law and Politics Book Review
Part One: Historical Studies
1: Earl Johnson, Jr, Justice, California Court of Appeal: Justice and reform a quarter century later
2: John Kilwein, Associate Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University, USA: The decline of the Legal Services Corporation: its ideological, stupid!
3: Frederick H Zemans and Aneurin Thomas, Oswoode Hall Law School, University of York, Ontario, Canada: Can community clinics survive? A comparative study of law centres in Australia, Ontario and England
4: Tamara Goriely, Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: Making the welfare state work: changing conceptions of legal remedies within the British welfare state
Part Two: Comparative Studies
5: Erhard Blankenburg, Professor, Faculteir der Rechtsgeleerdheird, Vrije University, The Netherlands: The lawyers' lobby and the welfare state: the political economy of legal aid
6: Cyrus Tata, Lecturer in Socio Legal Studies, the Centre for Sentencing Research, Law School, University of Strathclyde: Comparing Legal Aid Spending: The Promise and Perils of a Jurisdiction-Centred Approach to (International) Legal Aid Research
7: Mel Cousins: Legal aid reform in France and the Republic of Ireland in the 1990s
8: Francis Regan, Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies, Flinders University, Australia: Why do legal aid services vary between societies? Re-examining the impact of welfare states and legal families
Part Three: Emerging Themes
9: Jon T Johnsen, Professor of Law, University of Oslo, Norway: Studies of legal needs and legal aid in a market context
10: Alan Paterson, Professor of Law, University of Strathclyde and Avrom Sherr, Professor of Legal Education, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: Quality legal services: the dog that did not bark
11: Don Fleming, Senior Lecturer in Law. University of Canberra, Australia: Responding to new demands: legal aid and multi-party actions
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.2
Weight (kg): 0.58