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A new publication in the Wisconsin Law Review provides some intriguing insight on ways to improve access to justice research. Although the article studies flaws in US programs, it has important implications on projects abroad as well. Check out excerpts below!
Flaws in the current research on access to justice:
Currently, research is based almost entirely on access to justice as it relates to poverty and inequality; this is too narrow and should be expanded.
Goals and remedies to improve the research conducted:
Access to justice research that evaluates only the delivery of current services is inadequate to the future of the field of legal services. Research must be expanded to the needs of the community and whether the people who need legal help the most are seeking out that help. By viewing access to justice as a universal need, rather than that of just the poor, research will be able to better identify the legal aid most needed, and lawyers will be able to provide the most effective representation.
This excerpt is posted from Legal Aid Research. You can read more here: Expanding the Empirical Study of Access to Justice.