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Resources tagged with "Access to Justice"

  • photo for Legal aid and access to early advice

    Legal aid and access to early advice

    May 1 2018 | Research | By Mary Evenden

    The overview provided in this briefing paper identifies five key issues relating to the availability of early legal advice, which arise from the reforms to civil legal aid made by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). This briefing paper reviews existing research conducted by other organisations that documents how the availability of early advice has an impact on individuals and the civil justice system.

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    The Digitalisation of Tribunals:What we know and what we need to know

    April 5 2018 | Research | By Professor Robert Thomas and Dr Joe Tomlinson

    Tribunals are a major part of the administrative justice system. The Government has begun to introduce digital procedures in tribunals but the full details of the changes remain to be seen. This report—commissioned by the UK Administrative Justice Institute—outlines ‘what we know and what we need to know’ about the digitalisation of tribunals. It takes the first steps towards establishing a research agenda for online tribunals and identifies a range of key research issues and questions.

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    Top public law cases of the year

    November 22 2017 | Conference papers | By Naina Patel, Alison Pickup, Nusrat Zar

    The number and diversity of public law cases is now such that a review of the year can only hope to cover a small sample of these. The selection of cases below (from September 2016 to August 2017) necessarily reflects our personal choices, and no doubt, there are many others that could have been included. We have each picked three cases. They are summarised below in chronological order, with some detail.

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    PLP Impact Report and Five Year Review 2012 to 2016

    April 13 2017 | Reports and reviews | By PLP

    The report uses illustrative case studies and data analysis to summarise and explain:

    PLP's Legal Aid Support Project (LASP); Casework in welfare benefits, community care, and the Special Immigration and Appeal's Commission (SIAC); PLP's Justice First Fellows; Research and policy work; Training, conferences, resources, guides and publications ... and the PLP community!

    The report finishes with a summary of our recent strategic review and its results;

    a re-articulation of our vision, mission and priorities more suited to current challenges.mission and priorities.

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    The Value and Effects of Judicial Review

    October 15 2015 | Research | By Varda Bondy, Lucinda Platt, Maurice Sunkin

    The process through which legal redress may be obtained against public authorities is often criticised as being politicised, of little value to claimants, and burdensome on public bodies. Based on the largest empirical study of judicial review outcomes to date, Varda Bondy, Lucinda Platt and Maurice Sunkin explain how the process can actually benefit claimants, and improve policy and practice.

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    Guide to Strategic Litigation

    January 13 2014 | Guides | By The Public Law Project

    This guide has been produced to provide individuals and community groups with information to promote a better understanding of how to challenge decisions of public bodies. It is intended for non-lawyers, for community and voluntary sector groups and for individuals. It is not intended for litigants in person (ie those who go to court without a lawyer to assist them), and in no way replaces the need for expert legal advice. Instead, it is designed to help non-lawyers understand the judicial review process, to navigate their way through it, and to get the best out of the lawyers they will undoubtedly need.



    October 14 2013 | Conference papers | By The Rt Hon The Baroness Hale of Richmond

    Lady Hale's address to our Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference 2013, on October 14. The address looks at standing, interventions and costs.

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    Designing redress: a study about grievances against public bodies

    July 31 2012 | Research | By Andrew Le Sueur and Varda Bondy

    Public bodies have in recent years been exhorted to get decisions ‘right first time’.1 The concept of administrative justice is seen by some scholars as including initial decisions as well as what happens when administrative decisions are challenged. Notwithstanding these developments, the redress of grievances remains central to the concerns of administrative law scholars, and public bodies expend a great deal of time and money handling grievances. It is just about possible to imagine an idealised administrative system in which no errors are ever made by decision-makers and all past, present and future decisions are accepted as correct and legitimate by citizens and business enterprises. In reality, this can never be achieved (except perhaps in well-resourced administrative schemes of limited size and relative simplicity).

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    Judicial Review and Welfare Benefits

    July 12 2012 | Conference papers | By Desmond Rutledge

    An analysis of the issue of judicial review and welfare benefits, covering the following topics: social welfare decisions that are amenable to judicial review; delay, financial hardship and interim payments; benefit problems linked to immigration status; the enforcement of overpayments as debts.

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    Access to Justice for NGOs and Charities

    October 13 2011 | Conference papers | By Nicholas Hildyard and Ben Jaffey

    Judicial review for NGOs, charities and their lawyers: When should NGOs and charities bring claims? What kinds of claims are most likely to succeed? How can claims be funded? How can NGOs or charities minimise the costs risk of losing and get a Protective Costs Order? How does the Aarhus Convention help access to justice in environmental cases?

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    International Law in Domestic Practice: Some Practical Pointers

    July 14 2011 | Conference papers | By Pete Weatherby QC

    The paper provides considerations on the international law and comparative law, and when it is relevant to apply them in practice in the UK, including incorporation of international treaties and customary international law into domestic law and the direct applicability of the EU Treaty.