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Supply of civil legal aid and advice and assistance  

 


We have used the Board’s data on applications for civil legal aid and grants of civil advice and assistance (including assistance by way of representation – ABWOR) to develop our understanding of how solicitors provide civil legal assistance and to identify areas that may pose access to justice concerns.


Our analysis compared applicant addresses with outlet location (firms or firm branches making at least one application or grant in any given year), breaking down the data to different areas of law, allowing comparison between areas and over time.

The information here represents the best data currently available to identify areas where there may be access to justice issues, but it does not directly lead to information about the level of unmet need for legal advice. The main limitation of the data is that it is difficult to distinguish between a situation where there is a lack of supply because there is no advice need; and circumstances where low levels of applications are caused by the lack of supply. 

The latest data analysed here is for financial year 2011-2012.  We have also produced a response to the findings.

Previous research for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 is available in the research archive.

More information from and about the project is available from John Osborne.  

Read summary national results

Read summary results by local authority area:

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Aberdeen City

Aberdeenshire

Angus

Argyll and Bute

Borders

Clackmannanshire

Dumfries and Galloway

Dundee City

East Ayrshire

East Dunbartonshire

East Lothian

East Renfrewshire

Edinburgh City

Falkirk

Fife

Glasgow City

Highland

Inverclyde

Midlothian

Moray

North Ayrshire

North Lanarkshire

Orkney Islands

Perth and Kinross

Renfrewshire

Shetland Islands

South Ayrshire

South Lanarkshire

Stirling

West Dunbartonshire

West Lothian

Western Isles

 

 


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