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Proxy Models of Legal Need: Can They Contribute to Equity of Access to Justice?

  • DEBORAH BAKER (a1) and STEPHEN BARROW (a2)

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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 proxy models 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.

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Proxy Models of Legal Need: Can They Contribute to Equity of Access to Justice?

  • DEBORAH BAKER (a1) and STEPHEN BARROW (a2)

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