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Can public legal education close the justice gap?

Now is the time for the profession to back initiatives that will help litigants secure access to justice, says Jon Robins

7 June 2013

Now is the time for the profession to back initiatives that will help litigants secure access to justice, says Jon Robins

So much of the debate around 'access to justice' is focused on the final stages of the legal process where things have gone so badly wrong that a lawyer is needed. But 'access to justice' isn't just about 'legal aid' nor is it just about lawyers . The fifth in the Justice Gap series considers the role of 'public legal education'.

PLE is the rather unwieldy term that applies to the disparate collection of activities that provides ordinary people with an awareness and understanding of their rights together with the confidence and skill to assert them if needed.

It is fair to say that the fledging PLE movement has never become established in the profession in any meaningful way. But, c...

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