Lawyers and the Public Good
Democracy in Action?
Part of The Hamlyn Lectures
- Author: Alan Paterson, University of Strathclyde
For the 2010 Hamlyn Lectures, Alan Paterson explores different facets of three key institutions in a democracy: lawyers, access to justice and the judiciary. In the case of lawyers he asks whether professionalism is now in terminal decline. To examine access to justice, he discusses past and present crises in legal aid and potential endgames and in relation to judges he examines possible mechanisms for enhancing judicial accountability. In demonstrating that the benign paternalism of lawyers in determining the public good with respect to such issues is no longer unchallenged, he argues that the future roles of lawyers, access to justice and the judiciary will only emerge from dialogues with other stakeholders claiming to speak for the public interest.Read more
- In-depth comparison of legal aid development in Scotland and England in the past decade demonstrating how the Scottish legal aid system has fared better than its English counterpart during this period
- Examination of judicial decision-making in the final appellate court in the UK drawing on interviews with Law Lords and demonstrating the importance of small group dynamics and of judicial leadership for understanding decision-making in the final decade of the judicial House of Lords
Reviews & endorsements
'This book addresses the role of lawyers in pursuing the public good. By revealing how judges of the House of Lords and Supreme Court approach their task, Alan Paterson has contributed greatly to the transparency of the judicial process in our top court, and thereby advanced the public good in his own right.' David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of CambridgeSee more reviews
'An excellent read, full of detail and fresh insights. What comes out of [Paterson's] writing is a commitment to the role and value of an independent profession. On legal aid [he] makes comparisons between England and Wales v. Scotland that certainly repay close reading.' Professor Dame Hazel Genn, University College London
'The mandatory read for the tail-end of the festive season ... Paterson has wrestled expertly with these issues for decades and here, with characteristic directness, he lays out the challenges and opportunities for tomorrow's lawyers.' Richard Susskind, The Times
'This is a timely, affordable and comprehensive text. … Lawyers of all creeds, students and interested observers (including politicians and judges) will all find something of interest in it.' The Edinburgh Law Review
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- Date Published: November 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139142984
- contains: 21 b/w illus. 3 tables
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: determining the public good
2. Professionalism reassessed: what now for lawyers?
3. Access to justice: whither legal aid?
4. Judges and the public good: reflections on the last Law Lords
5. Conclusion: where next?
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