Category Archives: International Models

World Bank Meeting on Legal Aid/Access to Justice in Mediterranean Rim Countries

I was privileged to be at a meeting organized by the World Bank and the Center for Mediterranean Integration on legal aid and access to justice in Mediterranean Rim countries in Marseilles.  (I know, a tough job.)  It is, sadly, … Continue reading

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Comment on English Legal Aid Cut Proposals Highlights Value of Client Choice

As most know, the England/Wales legal aid system is going through a major set of cuts, with the government “consultation” proposing a variety of major policy changes to reduce the overall cost of the system.  Richard Moorhead, a highly reflective … Continue reading

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Canadian SRL Project Sponsors Dialog Event — A Model for Us all

What a great idea. As Julie MacFarlane blogs about the follow up to her Canadian SRL Report: 60 people gathered in Windsor to discuss the research report – 15 of them SRL’s from the study. The other 45 guests included … Continue reading

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Important New Canadian Report Highlights Challenges Facing the Self-Represented and Innovation and Research Lessons for the US

An important new report, The National Self-Represented Litigants Project: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants, by Dr. Julie MacFarlane, supported by grants from the Law Foundation of Ontario, the Law Foundation of Alberta, and the Law Foundation of … Continue reading

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Very Important and Promising Leaderhip Appointment at Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations has announced its new head: Chris Stone.  While OSF and Chris will surely have an agenda that goes way beyond access to justice, it is promising that the Institute, vast in its international reach, will be … Continue reading

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I Love This: Law School Incubator Project Goes International

Globalization cuts both ways! I have just heard that the Law School Incubator, being pioneered by CUNY among others, is being adopted in India. Here is the news from the Sakai Times, about the Symbiosis Law School in Pune. PUNE: … Continue reading

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European Union Adopts Standardized “Miranda” Type Notice to Include Right to Interpreter

Its interesting that the EU has agreed on a standardized “Miranda” type warning.  As described in the EU press release: The Letter of Rights will contain practical details about accused persons’ rights: to a lawyer; to be informed of the … Continue reading

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Civil Justice Council of England and Wales Report and Recommendations on Self-Represented Litigants

As reported by Richard Moorhead, the Civil Justice Council has issued its report on how to respond to the increase in self-represented litigants expected in England and Wales as a result of the massive legal aid cutbacks. The recommendations, as … Continue reading

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Defender Services for Arrested Defendants — US and UK Comparison

As part of the UK governing coalition’s attempt to cut the UK legal aid budget by 350 million pounds (about US$500 million), the possibility is being raised of introducing means testing of the provision of the currently universally available solicitors … Continue reading

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The UK Legal Aid Cuts

Richard Moorhead is a wise and reflective observer of the access to justice world, focusing on the UK. His latest blog post (well worth reading in full) brings both informtion and perspective on the very depressing news out of the … Continue reading

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UK Court Criticizes Govt for Sectetly Trying to Block UK Legal Aid Funding for Anti-Torure Cases: Court Overturns Standing Regulations

US readers may find that wrapping our minds around this one takes a bit of effort. In a recent case, a British court has criticized the government for secretly trying to block legal aid funding for cases that challenged torture, … Continue reading

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From Russia for Justice — Alternative Models for Access to Justice In Draft Bill

Whether it is a message about universality, yet another underlining of how out of step we are in the US, but the Russian Ministry of Justice, we hear from the Access to Justice Blog, has published a draft law on … Continue reading

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