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NCJ Number: 51658 Find in a Library
Title: SOME RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES FOR LOOKING AT LEGAL NEED AND LEGAL SERVICES DELIVERY SYSTEMS - OLD FORMS OR NEW? (FROM POLICY STUDIES - REVIEW ANNUAL, V 2, 1978 BY HOWARD E FREEMAN - SEE NCJ-51647)
Author(s): F R MARKS
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: EXISTING RESEARCH ON THE NEED FOR AND USE OF DELIVERY SYSTEMS FOR LEGAL SERVICES IS CRITICIZED AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH ARE PROPOSED.
Abstract: IT IS INDICATED THAT EXISTING RESEARCH STUDIES BEARING ON LEGAL NEED HAVE GATHERED DATA IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: FREQUENCY OF LAWYER CONTACT; LAWYER USE AND NONUSE BY PROBLEM TYPE; LAWYER USE AND PROBLEMSOLVING STYLES; AND PAST USERS VERSUS PAST NONUSERS. THE MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS PROVIDING DATA IN THESE AREAS ARE DISCUSSED AS TO THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THEIR FINDINGS. BELIEVING THAT RESEARCH FOCUSING ON PEOPLE'S USE AND NONUSE OF TRADITIONAL LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDES ONLY ONE CATEGORY OF THE DATA NEEDED TO SET POLICY IN THE DELIVERY OF LEGAL SERVICES, THE INTERACTION BETWEEN LAWYERS, LEGAL DELIVERY SYSTEMS, AND CLIENTS IS ALSO CONSIDERED. EXISTING RESEARCH IN THIS AREA IS EXAMINED FOR THE DATA IT PROVIDES ON THE IMBALANCE IN DELIVERY SYSTEMS, TYPES OF LEGAL SERVICES DELIVERY SYSTEMS, AND THE NATURE OF THE INTERCHANGE BETWEEN LAWYERS AND CLIENTS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT RESEARCHERS ABANDON THE QUEST TO DETERMINE LEGAL NEED ON THE BASIS OF THE USE OF LEGAL SERVICES TRADITIONALLY PERFORMED FOR THE UPPER AND UPPER MIDDLE CLASSES; AND INSTEAD, CONCENTRATE ON HOW ACCESS TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM--WHETHER OR NOT MEDIATED BY LAWYERS--CAN MAXIMIZE A GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL'S SHARE OF COMMUNITY ASSETS, SENSE OF WELL-BEING, SENSE OF BELONGING, AND SENSE OF POWER AND AUTONOMY. GROUP LEGAL SERVICES ARE VIEWED AS HAVING POTENTIAL FOR RELATING LEGAL SERVICES TO THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF PARTICULAR GROUPS. IT IS ADVISED THAT THIS PERSPECTIVE CALLS FOR RESEARCH ON THE LAWYER'S ATTITUDE TOWARD GROUP INTERESTS. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Critiques; Legal aid services; Research
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. REPRINTED FROM LAW AND SOCIETY REVIEW, V 11, N 2 (1976), P 191-205, 399-415
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