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Title:Legal aid in South Africa: making justice reality
Author:Van As, HennieISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:legal aid
access to justice
Abstract:South Africa's Constitution guarantees equality before the law, access to a fair hearing and the right to legal representation in criminal matters. The Legal Aid Board is one of the institutions tasked with giving effect to these pledges. Although legal aid, and statutory provision therefore, are not new concepts in South Africa, constitutionalization resulted in the restructuring of the Legal Aid Board and changes in the method of delivery of its services. The focus is on rendering legal representation in criminal matters to the neglect of civil and non-legal problems that the poor often face, resulting in the impression that government is merely paying lip service to the promise of access to justice. Two aspects that will improve access to justice are the involvement of law students and local government participation. Notes, ref., sum. (p. ii). [Journal abstract, edited]