Socialization of Legal Services

Archive Report

Members of the legal profession in the United States are giving close attention to the new system of “socialized law” which came into limited operation in Great Britain the first week in October. Although the British Legal Aid and Advice Act does not socialize legal services to the extent that health services have been brought under government financing and control, it will go a long way toward removing the cost barriers which have heretofore obstructed access by the ordinary citizen to the skilled legal assistance often needed in a modern industrial society.

Whereas most medical, hospital, dental and other health services are available without charge to all who choose to use them,1 free legal service is limited to persons in the lowest income group. Persons ...

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