Building on a series of ESRC funded seminars, this edited collection of expert papers by academics and practitioners is concerned with access to civil and administrative justice in constitutional democracies, where, for the past decade governments have reassessed their priorities for funding legal services: embracing 'new technologies' that reconfigure the delivery and very concept of legal services; cutting legal aid budgets; and introducing putative cost-cutting measures for the administration of courts, tribunals and established systems for the delivery of legal advice and assistance. Without underplaying the future potential of technological innovation, or the need for a fair and rational system for the prioritisation and funding of legal services, the book questions whether the absolutist approach to the dictates of austerity and the promise of new technologies that have driven the Coalition Government's policy, can be squared with obligations to protect the fundamental right of access to justice, in the unwritten constitution of the United Kingdom.
Ellie Palmer is an Emeritus Professor of Law and Tom Cornford, Yseult Marique and Audrey Guinchard are Senior Lecturers in Law, all at the University of Essex.
Introduction Tom Cornford, Audrey Guinchard, Yseult Marique and Ellie Palmer Part I: Access to Justice: Theoretical, Legal and Policy Background 1. Access to Justice: The View from the Law Society Andrew Caplen 2. The Meaning of Access to Justice Tom Cornford 3. Principles of Access: Comparing Health and Legal Services Albert Weale 4. Europe to the Rescue? EU Law, the ECHR and Legal Aid 3 Steve Peers Part II: Pressure Points on the Justice System 5. Access to Justice in Administrative Law and Administrative Justice Tom Mullen 6. Immigration and Access to Justice: A Critical Analysis of Recent Restrictions Robert Thomas 7. The Impact of Austerity and Structural Reforms on the Accessibility of Tribunal Justice Stewart Wright 8. Thirteen Years of Advice Delivery in Islington: A Case Study Lorna Reid 9. Complexity, Housing and Access to Justice Andrew Brookes and Caroline Hunter 10. Access to Justice in the Employment Tribunal: Private Disputes or Public Concerns? Nicole Busby and Morag McDermont 11. Renegotiating Family Justice Mavis Maclean CBE 12. Access to Justice for Young People: Beyond the Policies and Politics of Austerity James Kenrick and Ellie Palmer Part III: Alternative Approaches to Funding Legal Services 13. A Revolution in 'Lawyering'? Implications for Welfare Law of Alternative Business Structures Frank H Stephen 14. CourtNav and Pro Bono in an Age of Austerity Paul Yates 15. The French Approach to Access to Justice Audrey Guinchard and Simon Wesley 16. How Scotland has Approached the Challenge of Austerity Sarah O'Neill
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