Access to Criminal Justice

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Richard P. Young, David Wall
Blackstone Press, 1996 - Criminal justice, Administration of - 376 pages
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At a time when the legal aid system is facing a major overhaul, this book draws attention to the potential and limits of legal aid for achieving criminal justice for defendants. In bringing together 16 experienced writers and researchers who are prominent in this field, it takes the readerbeyond the hitherto narrow discussion over legal aid, and demonstrates its importance in defending liberty and achieving justice. By drawing on empirical research findings and socio-legal analysis, the authors explore the reasons why legally-aided lawyers have failed, by and large, to turn thetheories that underlie legal aid into a practical reality. The book also shows that legal aid can at least be used to ameliorate the injustice of the criminal process itself, however, to do so the potential for criminal justice within the existing system needs to be exploited to the full.

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the defence of liberty III The role of legal aid in society IV
increasing professionalisation HI The criminal trial at the end of
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About the author (1996)

Richard Young is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Birmingham. He is co-author of Judging Social Security and also Criminal Justice. David Wall is Lecturer in Criminal Justice and a deputy Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds. He isco-author of The Impact of PACE: Policing in a Northern Force.

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