Sustainable Legal Aid and Access to Justice: A Supply Chain Approach

Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 005/2009

TISCO Working Paper Series No. 005/2009

Paper prepared for the International Legal Aid Group, April 2009

14 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2009 Last revised: 10 Nov 2010

See all articles by Maurits Barendrecht

Maurits Barendrecht

Tilburg Law School; HiiL Innovating Justice

Peter Van den Biggelaar

Raad voor de Rechtsbijstand

Date Written: April 16, 2009

Abstract

Many countries struggle to maintain an affordable and sustainable legal aid system. This paper describes an interactive consultation process that was organized to develop proposals for increasing access to justice while limiting costs for governments as well as for users of the legal system. During the process, some strategies were identified that are unlikely to be effective in increasing access to justice and limiting costs. The more promising strategies tend to focus on improving the entire supply chain of fair solutions for legal needs, from legal advice to settlement negotiations and court interventions. These strategies can indeed lead to savings on the legal aid budget and can improve access to justice at the same time. However, the ensuing policies are not easy to implement, because they require a form of coordination that is new for the legal sector.

Suggested Citation

Barendrecht, Maurits and Van den Biggelaar, Peter, Sustainable Legal Aid and Access to Justice: A Supply Chain Approach (April 16, 2009). Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 005/2009; TISCO Working Paper Series No. 005/2009; Paper prepared for the International Legal Aid Group, April 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1387716 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1387716

Maurits Barendrecht (Contact Author)

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Peter Van den Biggelaar

Raad voor de Rechtsbijstand ( email )

Utrecht
Netherlands

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