Access to Justice

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Rebecca L. Sanderfur
Emerald Group Publishing, Mar 23, 2009 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Around the world today, access to justice enjoys an energetic and passionate resurgence as an object both of scholarly inquiry and political contest, as both a social movement and a value commitment motivating study and action. This volume brings together cutting-edge work from practitioners and scholars in law, political science, social psychology, sociology, and sociolinguistics. This work reflects a high degree of sophistication in empirical analysis, and, as importantly, evidences a deeper engagement with social theory than past generations of scholarship. Good understanding is valuable both for its own sake and because it is essential to good policy. The richer conceptual frameworks employed by these scholars create more sophisticated research questions that in turn inform a more nuanced policy agenda. This research - on rights knowledge and police procedure, race and jury deliberation, tort reform and access to lawyers, self-interest and public service, ordinary people's experience with everyday troubles - reveals new discoveries about law and social process and provides foundation for a deeper understanding of access to justice that can inform wiser, more effective policies.

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Chapter 1 The legal problems of everyday life
Indications from the english and welsh civil and social justice survey of the relative severity and incidence of civil justice problems
A theoretical and empirical inquiry
Exploring the idea of designated spanishspeaking courtrooms to address language barriers to justice in the United States
Some puzzles regarding race and jury participation
Access selfinterest and pro bono
The role of legal advice centers
How personal injury lawyers screen cases in an era of tort reform
Toward a sociology of troubles
A revival of access to justice research?
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