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NCJ Number: 74667 Find in a Library
Title: Delivery Systems Study - A Policy Report to the Congress and the President of the United States
Corporate Author: Legal Services Corporation
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 238
Sponsoring Agency: Legal Services Corporation
Washington, DC 20005
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines the existing staff attorney program under Section 1007(g) of the Legal Services Corporation Act and alternative and supplemental methods of delivery of legal services to eligible (i.e., indigent) clients.
Abstract: The 38 demonstration projects testing a variety of approaches to the delivery of legal services to the poor were studied. The demonstration projects, all of which used attorneys in private practice, included three types of judicare (pure judicare, judicare with a staff attorney component, and judicare as a supplement to a staff attorney program), as well as five other delivery models -- contracts with law firms as supplements to the staff attorney program, prepaid legal insurance, organized pro-bono projects, legal clinics, and voucher. A sample of existing staff attorney programs was included in the study to provide a standard of performance on cost, client satisfaction, quality of service, and impact on a broader client population against which the alternatives and supplements were measured. The study concluded that a model was viable for consideration for local use if the model demonstrated its feasibility and if all or most of the projects did as well or better than the staff attorney programs on the four performance measures in the study. The text includes tabular data, graphs, and explanatory footnotes. Three appendixes give a description of the private bar delivery models, legal problem categories, and types of cases handled by delivery models in the study.
Index Term(s): Defender systems; Judicare; Legal aid services; Policy analysis
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