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Criminal legal aid and access to justice: an empirical account of a reduction in resilience

Dehaghani, Roxanna ORCID: and Newman, Daniel ORCID: 2022. Criminal legal aid and access to justice: an empirical account of a reduction in resilience. International Journal of the Legal Profession 29 (1) , pp. 33-52. 10.1080/09695958.2020.1868474

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This paper examines the work of criminal legal aid solicitors and the state of practice under challenging conditions for the sector. Drawing on an empirical study in south Wales containing 20 semi-structured interviews, it provides original data on the frontline of criminal practice. It is argued – using vulnerability theory – that the challenges facing criminal legal aid solicitors deplete their and their client’s resilience but at the same time bolsters the resilience of the police and prosecution. It further urges that vulnerability theory be used to examine criminal justice in practice, particularly the dynamics between various actors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 0969-5958
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 January 2021
Date of Acceptance: 10 December 2020
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 18:33

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