Tag Archives: UK

How Others See Us in the US

Roger Smith, of the UK organization Justice, has a guest blog on Richard Moorhead’s Lawyer Blog, on “The internet and the provision of legal advice.” It takes a somewhat pessimistic view of what has been achieved. Here are his observations … Continue reading

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UK Impact of Litigants in Person (SRLs to the US)

The UK Law Gazette has a good (if anxious) roundup article on the impact of the self-represented on the courts in the UK, with a focus on the likely impact of the looming legal aid cuts.

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Upside Down Legal Aid Politics in the UK

The UK’s Lord Tebbit was one of Thatcher’s major allies.  Yet here he is reported in the Guardian under the headline: Lord Tebbit in fight to save legal aid for children’s medical cases. He appears to be one of the … Continue reading

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Non-Lawyer Assistance in the Courtroom — the UK Model

Most of us in the US are unaware of a fascinating approach that the UK (and indeed most Commonwealth countries) use to assist in access to justice for those without lawyers.  It is an approach that permits non-lawyers to sit … Continue reading

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UK Judge on the State of Access to Justice

Lord Justice Moses is a British Appellate Court Judge. He recently gave an astonishingly powerful and blunt speech to the Public Law Project. Thanks to the fine international Access to Justice Blog for the catch. For those of us in … 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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Deregulation Versus De-monopolizing — A Complex Debate Just Begining

There has been substantially more attention in the blogsphere to the deregulation of the legal profession.  See, e.g. the Wall St. Journal, law librarian blog, elawyering blog. All are worth reading.  But I would urge attention to the difference between … Continue reading

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Self-Represented Litigants: Litterature Review Conducted in UK

The UK Ministry of Justice has completed a literature review about self-represented litigants (whom they call “Litigants in person.”) The review included international sources, at least as to formal research. The overall conclusions:     While some good quality evidence existed, … Continue reading

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Legal Services at the Mall — the UK Model

As you probably know in a general way, the UK is deregulating certain aspects of the legal profession. But you may not know how fast things are changing.  Here is one big consequence reported on the Legal Futures Blog.  The … Continue reading

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Richard Moorhead asks: “Hackgate, Where Were The Lawyers?”

Richard Moorhead nails it again in his blog: US scandals (Watergate, Savings and Loan, Enron and latterly Lehman) have tended to prompt the question: where were the lawyers? Indeed, Watergate is widely credited with being the first crisis to prompt … 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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UK Considers Possible Negative Impact on Court Operations of Legal Aid Cuts. Discussion of “Polluter Pays”

As you may know, UK legal aid is facing massive budget cuts.  Since even the civil system is an entitlement one (in dramatic contrast to the US), the means the new government (Conservative and Liberal Democratic, both took more than … Continue reading

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Two Year Law Degree — UK Experiment and Questions for US Legal Education

Richard Moorhead, in his LawyerWatch blog discusses the new UK two year law degree offered by the College of Law, which was originally founded by the law society (bar association).  Most of the UK discussion seems to be about the … Continue reading

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Please Take a Good Look at Richard Moorhead’s UK LawyerWatch Blog

For anyone interested in UK access to justice perspectives and research, I strongly recommend Richard Moorhead’s LawyerWatch. Richard is at the University of Cardiff, and one of the most highly respected researchers in UK in access to justice. Here are … Continue reading

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