Access to Justice for Disadvantaged Communities

Marjorie Mayo, Gerald Koessl, Imogen Slater, and Matthew Scott

Marjorie Mayo, Gerald Koessl, Imogen Slater, and Matthew Scott

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781447311027 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Justice is a basic human right in all democratic doctrines, but in Britain, where welfare has faced recent market-based reforms, it’s increasingly a right available only to those who can afford it. Professionals and volunteers are struggling to provide services such as legal counselling and representation to disadvantaged communities. This book explores how strategies to safeguard these vital services can strengthen, rather than undermine, the basic ethics and principles of public service provision. The authors show how such safeguarding might improve the positions of those who administer—as well as those who need—publicly provided legal services. Though focused on Britain, their findings reverberate to the United States and all democracies undergoing similar challenges in the public sphere.
Gary Craig, Durham University
“The question of access to justice was a fundamental keystone in the creation of the welfare state. This exhaustive review of the history of legal aid and advice, and of the Coalition government’s determination to destroy it, reminds us of how much other struggles to defend welfare depend on it. It is a must-read and not just for those concerned narrowly with the law.”
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