publication . Article . 2013

Access to Justice in South Africa: Are there Enough Lawyers?

David Mcquoid-Mason;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2013 Journal: Oñati Socio-Legal Series (issn: 2079-5971, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law
This paper addresses head on the contention by a prominent legal practitioner in South Africa that there are too many lawyers in the country. It does not canvass the complex issues involved in determining the meaning of access to justice or the relationship between law and society in the context of legal services, and deals with access to justice in the narrow sense of the delivery of legal services in South Africa. The paper analyses the evidence presented to substantiate the contention that there are too many lawyers against the socio-economic environment in South Africa and the requirements of the Constitution. It recognizes that the country has only a minori...
free text keywords: numbers of lawyers, access to justice, structure of legal profession, delivery of legal aid, paralegals, número de abogados, acceso a la justicia, estructura de la abogacía, oferta de ayuda legal, paralegales, Social legislation, K7585-7595
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