Access to Justice<br />
Starter<br />What are the problems with legal advice?<br />What help is there?<br />
Group Activity<br />You are the Government, decide in your group your budget and how you would provide legal aid.<br />You...
History of Legal Aid<br />1949– 1st state-funded legal aid scheme<br />1980’s – system had developed into 6 different sche...
Legal Aid before 1999<br />6 schemes<br />Legal advice & assistance scheme( the ‘green form’ scheme)<br />Assistance by wa...
Legal Aid before 1999<br />Problems with the 6 schemes<br />Eligibility levels dropped<br />Under funding of system<br />F...
Different sources of legal advice<br />The local Citizens Advice Bureau<br />Law Centres, where solicitors offer free advi...
The Access to Justice Act 1999<br />In the White Paper, Modernising Justice, the Government stated that it needed to tackl...
Activity 1<br />Complete the loads of bricks activity using the internet and exercise book to help you.<br />
Activity 2<br />In your groups complete a presentation on one of the following:<br />Community Legal Service<br />Criminal...
Activity 3<br />Explain the different ways of obtaining legal advice on both civil & criminal matters [20]<br />
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Access To Justice

  1. 1. Access to Justice<br />
  2. 2. Starter<br />What are the problems with legal advice?<br />What help is there?<br />
  3. 3. Group Activity<br />You are the Government, decide in your group your budget and how you would provide legal aid.<br />You need to consider:<br />who you will fund <br />types of cases <br />eligibility rules <br />your budget <br />
  4. 4. History of Legal Aid<br />1949– 1st state-funded legal aid scheme<br />1980’s – system had developed into 6 different schemes<br />Legal Aid Board – administered the schemes<br />Cost of the system escalating<br />1999 – Access to Justice Act 1999 – major changes to the system<br />
  5. 5. Legal Aid before 1999<br />6 schemes<br />Legal advice & assistance scheme( the ‘green form’ scheme)<br />Assistance by way of representation (ABWOR)<br />Civil legal aid<br />Criminal legal aid<br />Duty solicitor- police stations<br />Duty solicitor – magistrates’ courts<br />
  6. 6. Legal Aid before 1999<br />Problems with the 6 schemes<br />Eligibility levels dropped<br />Under funding of system<br />Fraud ad misuse f the system<br />Poor standards of work<br />Patchy coverage<br />
  7. 7. Different sources of legal advice<br />The local Citizens Advice Bureau<br />Law Centres, where solicitors offer free advice<br />The Community Legal Services Fund for help in Civil Cases, administered by the Legal Services Commission<br />The Legal Services Commission provides a range of funding<br />These help with initial advice and assistance, representation in court etc.<br />
  8. 8. The Access to Justice Act 1999<br />In the White Paper, Modernising Justice, the Government stated that it needed to tackle the following problems:<br />Inadequate access to good quality information and advice<br />The inability to control legal aid<br />The need to target legal aid on real legal needs, within a budget the taxpayer can afford.<br />Under the Access to Justice Act 1999 the old legal aid scheme was replaced by 2 new schemes.<br />The Community Legal Service for civil matters and the Criminal Defence Service for criminal cases.<br />
  9. 9. Activity 1<br />Complete the loads of bricks activity using the internet and exercise book to help you.<br />
  10. 10. Activity 2<br />In your groups complete a presentation on one of the following:<br />Community Legal Service<br />Criminal Defence Service<br />Conditional Fees<br />Advice Agencies<br />
  11. 11. Activity 3<br />Explain the different ways of obtaining legal advice on both civil & criminal matters [20]<br />
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