Establishing an Independent Legal Aid Authority in Hong Kong: Lessons from Overseas Jurisdictions

22 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2013

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Alan Paterson

University of Strathclyde - School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This report is an interview based comparative study of the independence (institutional, operational and financial) of Legal Aid Authorities (LAA) in a range of advanced jurisdictions. It forms part of a larger report to the Hong Kong Legal Aid Services Council (LASC) who have commissioned the project. This part of the project sought, inter alia, to establish "the exact working relationship between the Government and the legal aid bodies and to determine the actual degree of independence of the latter" in each of the jurisdictions. In so doing the report analyses the independence of legal aid authorities with respect to a range of factors: the legal status of the legal aid authorities and their Boards (if any), accountability, staffing, the independence of the process of granting or refusing legal aid, responsibility for legal aid policy, and budgeting and finance.

Keywords: legal aid authories, Hong Kong Legal Aid Services Council, LASC, right to counsel, equality before the law

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Paterson, Alan, Establishing an Independent Legal Aid Authority in Hong Kong: Lessons from Overseas Jurisdictions (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2340034 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2340034

Alan Paterson (Contact Author)

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