Essay On Free Legal Aid In India

Article 39A of the Constitution provides for free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of society. The Legal services Authorities Acts 1987 (as amended by the Act of 1994) which came into force on 9 November 1995, aims at establishing a nation-wide network for providing free and comprehensive legal services to the weaker sections.

National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been set up for implementing and monitoring legal aid programmes in the Country.

The Supreme Court Legal Services Committee is being established to provide free legal aid to the eligible persons in legal matters coming before the High Courts.

The Legal Services Authorities Act also provides for constitution of the State Legal Services Committees, High Court Legal Services Committees, district legal Services Committees and Taluk Legal Services Committees.

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Under the Legal Services Authorities Act, every citizen whose annual does not exceed Rs. 9,000 is eligible for free legal aid in cases before subordinate courts and high courts. In cases before the Supreme Court, the limit is Rs. 12,000.

This limit can be increased by the state governments. Limitation as to the income does not apply in the case of persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, women, children, handicapped etc.

The legal aid programme adopted by NALSA include promotion of legal literacy, setting up of legal aid clinics in universities and Law Colleges, training of para-legals, and holding aid camps and Lok Adalats.

The Government has sanctioned Rs. 4 crore as grant-in-aid for NALSA for 1998-99 allocating funds to the State, District authorities, etc. The NALSA is also monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the legal aid programmes in the country.

Up to December 1997 about 23.88 lakh persons were benefited through court-oriented legal aid programmes provided by the state Legal Aid and Advice Boards/State Legal Services Authorities.

Of them 3.73 lakh persons belonged to the Scheduled Castes about 2.14 lakh to the Scheduled Tribes, 2,40,485 were women and 8,578 were children.

Lok Adalats have proved to be an effective mechanism for resolution of disputes through conciliatory methods.

Up to 31 December 1997, about 17,633 Lok Adalats have been in different parts of the country where about 68.86 lakh cases were settled.

In about 3, 49.710 motor vehicles accident claims cases, compensation amounting to over Rs. 1,16o.70 crore was awarded. Under the Legal Services Authorities Act, Lok Adalat has been given the status of a Civil Court and every award made by Lok Adalat is final and binding on all parties and no appeal lies to any court against its award.


The Attorney General for India is appointed by President and office during the pleasure of the President. He must be a person qualification to be appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.

It is the duty of the Attorney-General of India to give advice to the Government if India upon such legal matters, and to perform such other duties of a legal character as may be referred or assigned to him by the President and to discharge the functions conferred on him by or under the Constitution or any other law.

In the performance of his duties, he has the right of audience in all courts in India as well as the right to take part in the proceeding of parliament, without the right to vote. In the discharge of his functions, the Attorney-General is assisted by Solicitor-General and Additional Solicitor-General.

Legal Profession:

In India the law relating to legal profession is governed by the Advocates Act, 1961 and the rules framed thereunder by the Bar Council of India.

It is a self-contained code of law relating to legal practitioner and provides for the constitution of State Bar Councils and Bar Council of India.

A person enrolled as an advocate under the Advocates Act 1961, is entitled to practise law throughout the country.

An advocate on the role of a State Bar Council may apply for transfer to the roll of any other State Bar council in the prescribed manner. No person can be enrolled an advocate on the roll of more than one State Bar Council.

There are two classes of advocates, namely, senior advocates and other advocates. An advocate with his consent may be designated as a senior advocate, if the Supreme Court or a High Court of the opinion that by virtue of his ability, standing at the Bar or special knowledge or experience in law, he deserved such distinction.

A senior advocate cannot appear without an advocate-on-record in the Supreme Court or without some other advocate in the state roll in any other Court or Tribunal. Standards of education have been prescribed for enrolment as an advocate.

There are also rules regulating standards of professional conduct and etiquette and other matters. State Bar Councils have disciplinary jurisdiction over advocates whose names appear on their rolls. This is subject to right of appeal to the Bar Council of India and a further right of appeal to the Supreme Court of India.

Law Commission of India:

The 15 th Law Commission has been reconstituted with effect from 1 September 1997 for a period of there years with Hon’ble Justice B.P. Jeevan Reddy Chairman and Mrs Justice Leila Seth and Dr. N.M. Ghatate as Members, Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon as part-time member and Dr. S.C. Jan as Member-secretary.

The terms of reference of the Law Commission are:

(i) Review/Repeal of obsolete laws;

(a) To identify laws which are no longer needed or relevant and can be immediately repealed?

(b) To identify laws which are in harmony with the existing climate of economic liberalization which need no change?

(c) To identify laws which require changes or amendments and to make suggestions for their amendment;

(d) To consider in a wider perspective the suggestions for revision/amendment given by expert groups in various ministries/ departments with a view to coordinating and harmonising them;

(e) To consider references made to it by ministries/departments in respect of legislation having bearing on the working of more than one ministry/ department;

(f) To suggest suitable measures for quick redressed of citizens, grievances in the field of law;

(ii) Law and Poverty;

(a) To examine the laws which affect the poor and carry out post-audit for socio-economic legislation?

(b) To take all such measures as may be necessary to harness law and the legal process in the service to the poor;

(iii) To keep under review the system of judicial administration to ensure that it is responsive to the reasonable demands to the times and in particular to secure:

(a) Elimination of delays, speedy clearance of arrears and reduction of costs so as to secure quick and economical disposal of cases without affecting the cardinal principle that decisions should be just and fair;

(b) Simplification of procedure to reduce and eliminate technicalities and devices for delay so that it operates not as an end in itself but as a means of achieving justice.

(c) Improvement of standards of all concerned with the administration of justice;

(iv) to examine the existing laws in the light of Directive Principles of State Policy and to suggest ways of improvement and Reform and also to suggest such legislation as might be necessary to implement the Directive Principles and to attain the objectives set out in the Preamble to the Constitution;

(v) to revise the Central Acts of general importance so as to simplify them and to remove anomalies, ambiguities and inequities;

(vi) to recommend to the Government measures for making the statute book up-to-date by repealing obsolete laws and enactment or parts thereof which have outlived heir utility, and

(vii) to consider and to convey to the Government its views on any other subject relating to law and judicial administration that may be referred to. The commission has taken up various subjects according to the terms of reference.

Questionnaires on the proposed amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 and Hire Purchase Act, 1972 have been issued to elicit the views/ suggestions on the aforesaid subjects from the various concerned persons/ organisations including government agencies.

The Commission has submitted the following reports:

(a) 157 th report on ‘Section 52: Transfer of Property Act, 1882 and its amendment;

(b) 158 th report on ‘The Amendment of the Industries (Development and Regulation) act, 1951;

(c) 159 th report on ‘Repeal and amendment of Laws; Part-1;

(d) 160 th report on ‘Amendment to the All India Council for Technical Education Act, 1987 (Act 52 of 1987)’;

(e) 161 st report on ‘Central Vigilance Commission and Allied Bodies’, and

(f) 162 nd report on ‘Review of Functioning of Central Administrative Tribunal, Customs, Excise and Gold (Control) Appellate Tribunal and Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal’.

Legal aid is the provision of assistance to people otherwise unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system. Legal aid is regarded as central in providing access to justice by ensuring equality before the law, the right to counsel and the right to a fair trial. This article describes the development of legal aid and its principles, primarily as known in Europe, the Commonwealth of Nations and the United States.

A number of delivery models for legal aid have emerged, including duty lawyers, community legal clinics and the payment of lawyers to deal with cases for individuals who are entitled to legal aid.

Legal aid is essential to guaranteeing equal access to justice for all, as provided for by Article 6.3 of the European Convention on Human Rights regarding criminal law cases. Especially for citizens who do not have sufficient financial means, the provision of legal aid to clients by governments will increase the likelihood, within court proceedings, of being assisted by legal professionals for free (or at a lower cost) or of receiving financial aid.


Legal aid has a close relationship with the welfare state, and the provision of legal aid by a state is influenced by attitudes towards welfare. Legal aid is a welfare provision by the state to people who could otherwise not afford counsel from the legal system. Legal aid also helps to ensure that welfare provisions are enforced by providing people entitled to welfare provisions, such as social housing, with access to legal advice and the courts.

Historically, legal aid has played a strong role in ensuring respect for economic, social and cultural rights which are engaged in relation to social security, housing, social care, health and education service provision, which may be provided publicly or privately, as well as employment law and anti-discrimination legislation. Jurists such as Mauro Cappelletti argue that legal aid is essential in providing individuals with access to justice, by allowing the individual legal enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights. His views developed in the second half of the 20th century, when democracies with capitalist economies established liberal welfare states that focused on the individual. States acted as contractors and service providers within a market-based philosophy that emphasised the citizen as consumer. This led to an emphasis on individual enforcement to achieve the realisation of rights for all.[1]

Prior to the mid-20th century, literature on legal aid emphasised collective enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights. As classic welfare states were built in the 1940s and following World War II, an underlying principle was that citizens had collective responsibility for economic, social and cultural rights; and the state assumed responsibility for those unable to provide for themselves through illness and unemployment. The enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights was to be collective, through policies rather than individual legal action. Laws were enacted to support welfare provisions, though these were regarded as laws for planners, not lawyers. Legal aid schemes were established, as it was assumed that the state had a responsibility to assist those engaged in legal disputes, but they initially focused primarily on family law and divorce.[1]

In the 1950s and 1960s, the role of the welfare state changed, and social goals were no longer assumed to be common goals. Individuals were free to pursue their own goals. The welfare state in this time expanded, along with legal aid provisions, as concerns emerged over the power of welfare providers and professionals. In the 1960s and 1970s, demand rose for the right of individuals to legally enforce economic, social and cultural rights and the welfare provisions they as individuals were entitled to. Mechanisms emerged through which citizens could legally enforce their economic, social and cultural rights, and welfare lawyers used legal aid to advise those on low income when dealing with state officials. Legal aid was extended from family law to a wide range of economic, social and cultural rights.[2]

In the 1980s, the role of the classic welfare state was no longer regarded as necessarily positive, and welfare was increasingly provided by private entities. Legal aid was increasingly provided through private providers, but they remained focused on providing assistance in court cases. Citizens were increasingly regarded as consumers, who should be able to choose among services. Where it was not possible to provide such a choice, citizens were given the right to voice their dissatisfaction through administrative complaints processes. This resulted in tension, as legal aid was not designed to offer advice to those seeking redress through administrative complaints processes. Tensions also began to emerge as states which emphasised individual enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights, rather than collective enforcement through polices, reduced funding for legal aid as a welfare state provision. Individual enforcement of welfare entitlement requires the kind of legal aid funding states emphasising collective enforcement were more likely to provide.[3]

Legal aid movements[edit]

Historically legal aid has its roots in the right to counsel and right to a fair trial movement of the 19th-century continental European countries. "Poor man's laws" waived court fees for the poor and provided for the appointment of duty solicitors for those who could not afford to pay for a solicitor. Initially the expectation was that duty solicitors would act on a pro bono basis. In the early 20th century, many European countries had no formal approach to legal aid, and the poor relied on the charity of lawyers. Most countries went on to establish laws that provided for the payment of a moderate fee to duty solicitors. To curb demand, legal aid was restricted to lawyer costs in judicial proceedings requiring a lawyer. Countries with a civil law legal system and common law legal systems take different approaches to the right to counsel in civil and criminal proceedings. Civil law countries are more likely to emphasise the right to counsel in civil law proceedings, and therefore provide legal aid where a lawyer is required. Common law countries emphasise the right to counsel and provide legal aid primarily in relation to criminal law proceedings.[4]

In response to rapid industrialisation in the late 19th-century Europe, trade union and workers' parties emerged that challenged the social policies of governments. They gained passage of laws to provide workers with legal rights in the event of illness or accidents, in an attempt to prevent industrial action by industrial workers. Workers unions in turn started to provide workers with legal advice on their new economic, social and cultural rights. Demand for these services was high and in an attempt to provide workers with non-partisan advice, many governments started to provide legal aid by the early 20th century.[4]

In the 20th century, legal aid has developed together with progressive principles; it has often been supported by those members of the legal profession who felt that it was their responsibility to care for those on low income. Legal aid is driven by what lawyers can offer to meet the "legal needs" of those they have identified as poor, marginalised or discriminated against. According to Francis Regan, legal aid provision is supply driven, not demand driven, leading to wide gaps between provisions that meet perceived needs and actual demand. Legal service initiatives, such as neighbourhood mediation and legal services, frequently have to close due to lack of demand, while others are overwhelmed with clients.[5]

By country[edit]


Australia has a federal system of government comprising federal, state and territory jurisdictions. The Australian (Commonwealth) and state and territory governments are each responsible for the provision of legal aid for matters arising under their laws. In addition there is a network of approximately 200 independent, not for profit, Community Legal Centres.

Legal aid for both Commonwealth and state matters is primarily delivered through state and territory legal aid commissions (LACs), which are independent statutory agencies established under state and territory legislation. The Australian Government funds the provision of legal aid for Commonwealth family, civil and criminal law matters under agreements with state and territory governments and LACs. The majority of Commonwealth matters fall within the family law jurisdiction.

Legal aid commissions use a mixed model to deliver legal representation services. A grant of assistance legal representation may be assigned to either a salaried in-house lawyer or referred to a private legal practitioner. The mixed model is particularly advantageous for providing services to clients in regional areas and in cases where a conflict of interest means the same lawyer cannot represent both parties.

The Australian Government and most state and territory governments also fund community legal centres, which are independent, non-profit organisations which provide referral, advice and assistance to people with legal problems. Additionally, the Australian Government funds financial assistance for legal services under certain statutory schemes and legal services for Indigenous Australians.

By way of history, the Australian Government established the Legal Services Bureaux in 1942 to develop a national system. In 1973 the Attorney-General in the Whitlam Labor government, Lionel Murphy, established the Australian Legal Aid Office. Murphy recognised the urgent need for legal aid in order for justice to be equally available for all. Murphy recognised that: "one of the basic causes of the inequality of citizens before the laws is the absence of adequate and comprehensive legal aid arrangements throughout Australia ... The ultimate object of the Government is that legal aid be readily and equally available to citizens everywhere in Australia and that aid be extended for advice and assistance of litigation as well as for litigation in all legal categories and in all courts." (Senator the Hon Lionel Murphy AO QC, Attorney General) The establishment of the Australian Legal Aid Office in 1973 was followed by the establishment of state-based Legal Aid Commissions. These offices now provide the majority of free or lowcost legal assistance to those in need.[6] In 1977, the Australian Government enacted the Commonwealth Legal Aid Commission Act 1977 (LAC Act), which established cooperative arrangements between the Australian Government and state and territory governments, under which legal aid would be provided by independent legal aid commissions to be established under state and territory legislation. The process of establishing the LACs took more than a decade. It commenced in 1976 with the establishment of the Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia, followed in 1978 the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria (LACV), and ended in 1990 with the establishment of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania. The cooperative arrangements that were established by the LAC Act provided for Commonwealth and state and territory legal aid funding agreements, which began in 1987.

In July 1997, the Australian Government changed its arrangements to directly fund legal aid services for Commonwealth law matters. Under this arrangement, the states and territories fund assistance in respect of their own laws. In 2013, a murder trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria was delayed because legal aid was unavailable.[7] This has been cited as the effect of a reduction in government-funding for legal aid agencies in Australia and led to an increase in popularity for online legal aid resources such as the Law Handbook[8] and LawAnswers.[9][10]

Legal aid in Australia was discussed in the case of Dietrich v The Queen (1992).[11] It was found that although there is no absolute right to have publicly funded counsel, in most circumstances a judge should grant any request for an adjournment or stay when an accused is unrepresented.

New Zealand[edit]

Main article: Legal aid in New Zealand

The legal aid system in New Zealand provides Government-funded legal assistance to those who are unable to afford a lawyer. Legal aid is available for almost all court actions across all levels of the court system. This includes criminal charges, civil issues, family disputes, appeals and Waitangi Tribunal claims.[12]


In Canada, the modern system of legal aid developed after the federal government instituted a system of cost-sharing between the federal and provincial governments in the early 1970s. The federal financial contribution was originally set at 50% of the cost of the legal aid system, but that level of funding has fluctuated over the years.[13]

The actual delivery of legal aid is by the provincial level of government, as part of provincial jurisdiction over the administration of justice.[14] For example, Legal Aid Ontario provides legal services for residents of Ontario, the Legal Services Society provides it to residents of British Columbia, and Commission des Services Juridiques does the same in the province of Quebec.


Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union provides that legal aid will be made available to those who lack sufficient resources, in so far as such aid is necessary to ensure effective access to justice.

Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia[edit]

According to PILnet: the Global Network for Public Interest Law,

for over a decade, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia have been in the process of reforming and restructuring their legal systems. While many critical justice sector reforms have been undertaken throughout the region, the mechanisms to ensure individuals' access to legal information and assistance often remain inadequate and ineffective. Consequently, many people—especially those who are poor or otherwise disadvantaged—are left without any real access to legal counsel in both criminal and non-criminal matters.

In the Czech Republic, qualifying persons (usually those who evidence inadequacy of funds) can apply to the courts or the Czech Bar Association to have an attorney appointed to them.


In Denmark, applicants must satisfy the following criteria to receive legal aid for civil cases: The applicant must not earn more than kr. 289,000 ($50,000) a year and the claims of the party must seem reasonable. In respect to criminal cases, the convicted will only have to cover the costs if he or she has a considerable fixed income - this is to prevent recidivism.[15]

England and Wales[edit]

This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information.(May 2017)

Legal aid was originally established by the Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949.[16] In 2009, legal aid in England and Wales cost the taxpayer £2bn a year – a higher per capita spend than anywhere else in the world – and was available to around 29% of adults.[16]

Legal aid in England and Wales is administered by the Legal Aid Agency (until 31 March 2013 by the Legal Services Commission), and is available for most criminal cases, and many types of civil cases. Exception include libel, most personal injury cases (which are now dealt with under Conditional Fee Agreements, a species of contingent fee), and cases associated with the running of a business. Family cases are also sometimes covered. Depending on the type of case, legal aid may or may not be means tested and in some cases legal aid can be free to those on benefits, out of work and have no savings or assets.

In July 2004 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the lack of legal aid in defamation cases, which was the position under the Legal Aid Act 1988, applicable at the time of the McLibel case, could violate a defendant's right. The Access to Justice Act 1999 has exceptional funding provisions, which allow the Lord Chancellor to authorise legal aid funding in cases which are otherwise out of scope of the legal aid scheme. A defendant in a position similar to the McLibel defendants could potentially have legal aid assistance if the application met the exceptional funding criteria.

Criminal legal aid is generally provided through private firms of solicitors and barristers in private practice. A limited number of public defenders are directly employed by the Legal Aid Agency in Public Defender Service offices; they provide advice in police stations and advocacy in magistrates and crown courts. Civil legal aid is provided through solicitors and barristers in private practice but also by lawyers working in Law Centres and not-for-profit advice agencies.

The provision of legal aid is governed by the Access to Justice Act 1999 and supplementary legislation, most recently the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. There are complaints cuts to legal aid have prevented the poorest people getting justice.[17]


Main article: Legal aid in Germany

In civil cases including employment, administrative, constitutional and social cases, assistance under the Legal Advice Scheme Act (advice and, where necessary, representation) is given.[18] In criminal cases, the defendant has a right to counsel, and in certain cases when the penalty is at least one year of confinement, the defendant can be given counsel even against his or her wishes.[19]


Known as Patrocinio a spese dello Stato, legal aid is provided by the Italian Law DPR n. 115/2002 - Articles. 74-141. It is intended to implement Article 24 of the Italian Constitution and ensure access to the right of defense (in civil, administrative and criminal cases) to persons not able to independently obtain the services of a lawyer due to the inability to pay for them from their income (less than €10.776,33 per capita).[20]

The Constitution of the Italian Republic, Clause 24 states:

Everyone is allowed to take legal action for the protection of her/his rights and legitimate interests. Defence is an inviolable right at any grade of the proceedings. The means of action and defence before all Courts are guaranteed to the indigent by public institutions. The law determines the conditions and legal means to remedy miscarriages of justice.

Legal aid in Italy is a service to allow everyone to be assisted by a lawyer or by an expert witness free of any legal fees or costs in all criminal, civil, administrative, accounting or fiscal proceeding and "voluntary jurisdiction" and whenever the presence of a lawyer or expert witness is required by law. Legal aid is granted for all grades or stages of the trial, including all further connected incidental and contingent proceedings. It is granted before Tribunals, Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court, surveillance courts and judges, Regional Administrative Tribunals, Judicial Review Committees, Provincial and Regional Fiscal Commissions and the State Auditors' Court.


Legal aid is in principle available for all civil actions in the Court of Session and Sheriff Court in Scotland, with the significant exception of actions of defamation. It is also available for some statutory tribunals, such as the Immigration Appeal Adjudicator and the Social Security Commissioners. There is a separate system of criminal legal aid, and legal aid is also available for legal advice.

Legal aid is means-tested. In practice it is available only to less than one-quarter of the population. It is administered by the Scottish Legal Aid Board. Legal Aid in Scotland is also available in Criminal Cases, where more than 90% of Summary applications are granted. An Interests of Justice test is applied, as well as a means test. In Solemn case (Jury Trials) the Court assesses Legal Aid.

Hong Kong[edit]

A unitary jurisdiction, Hong Kong provides legal aid solely provided through the Legal Aid Department, which is in turn overseen by the Legal Aid Services Council.

Administratively the Legal Aid Department was under the Administration Wing of the Chief Secretary's Office. In 2007 it was moved to the Home Affairs Bureau, which chiefly oversees cultural matters and local administration. This was heavily criticised by the opposition pro-democracy camp for jeopardising neutrality of the provision of legal aid. They voted en bloc against the whole package of reorganisation of policy bureaus, of which the transfer of the Legal Aid Department was part.


Article 39A of the Constitution of India, provides for equal justice and free legal aid:

The State shall secure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice, on a basis of equal opportunity, and shall, in particular, provide free legal aid, by suitable legislation or schemes or in any other way, to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities.[21]

This Article emphasises that free legal service is an inalienable element of 'reasonable, fair and just' procedure, for without it a person suffering from economic or other disabilities would be deprived of the opportunity for securing justice.[22]

In the civil side, Order XXXIII. R.18 of the Code of Civil Procedure 1908 provided that the state and central governments may make supplementary provisions as it thinks fit for providing free legal services to those who have been permitted to sue as an indigent person. The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 made drastic changes in the field of legal services. It is an Act to constitute legal services authorities to provide free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities, and to organize Lok Adalats to secure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice on a basis of equal opportunity.[23]

United States[edit]

Main article: Legal aid in the United States

A number of delivery models for legal aid have emerged. The Legal Services Corporation was authorized at the federal level to oversee these programs. In a "staff attorney" model, lawyers are employed by levels of government on salary solely to provide legal assistance to qualifying low-income clients, similar to staff doctors in a public hospital. In a "judicare" model, private lawyers and law firms are paid to handle cases from eligible clients alongside cases from fee-paying clients, much like doctors are paid to handle Medicare patients in the U.S.[24] The "community legal clinic" model comprises non-profit clinics serving a particular community through a broad range of legal services (e.g. representation, education, law reform) and provided by both lawyers and non-lawyers, similar to community health clinics.

Defendants under criminal prosecution who cannot afford to hire an attorney are not only guaranteed legal aid related to the charges, but they are guaranteed legal representation, either in the form of public defenders, or in absence of provisions for such or due to case overloads, a court-appointed attorney.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abRegan, Francis (1999). The Transformation of Legal Aid: Comparative and Historical Studies. Oxford University Press. pp. 89–90. ISBN 978-0-19-826589-4. 
  2. ^Regan (1999), The Transformation of Legal Aid, pp. 90-91
  3. ^Regan (1999), The Transformation of Legal Aid, p. 91
  4. ^ abRegan (1999), The Transformation of Legal Aid, p. 114
  5. ^Regan (1999), The Transformation of Legal Aid, pp. 113-114
  6. ^Legal Aid Matters
  7. ^"Trial on hold over Legal Aid row". 15 February 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  8. ^"The Victorian Law Handbook - Fitzroy Legal Service". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  9. ^"Australia's #1 Legal Aid & Legal Questions Forum". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  10. ^"Legal aid cuts begin to bite". 7 April 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  11. ^Dietrich v The Queen [1992] HCA 57.
  12. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  13. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  14. ^Currie, A. "LEGAL AID DELIVERY MODELS IN CANADA: PAST EXPERIENCE AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS". Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia. Archived from the original on 28 August 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  15. ^" - Sagsomkostninger". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  16. ^ ab"Legal aid in 21st-century Britain", The Guardian, 12 March 2009
  17. ^Senior judge warns over 'shaming' impact of legal aid cutsThe Guardian
  18. ^"Legal aid – Germany". European Commission. 22 March 2005. 
  19. ^"How To Germany - German Law and the German Legal System". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  20. ^"Legal aid – Italy". Associazione Art. 24 Cost. 8 December 2012. 
  21. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2003-09-10. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  22. ^"Hussainara Khatoon & Ors vs Home Secretary, State of Bihar (1979 AIR 1369, 1979 SCR (3) 532)". Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  23. ^"NALSA". Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  24. ^Alan W. Houseman & Linda E. Perle, Securing Equal Justice for All: A Brief History of Civil Legal Assistance in the United StatesArchived 2007-07-10 at the Wayback Machine., pp. 10 and 29. Center for Law and Social Policy, November 2003

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