Maximizing the Federal Investment in Criminal Legal Aid

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Prairie Research Associates (PRA Inc.)

Presented to:
Legal Aid Directorate
Department of Justice Canada


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Table of Contents

  • 1.0 Introduction
  • 2.0 Approach
    • 2.1 Document review and literature review
    • 2.2 Interviews
    • 2.3 Interpretation of results
  • 3.0 Context for study
    • 3.1 Benefits of criminal legal aid
    • 3.2 Current pressures facing legal aid
  • 4.0 Current innovations and best practices
    • 4.1 Accessibility
    • 4.2 Effectiveness
    • 4.3 Efficiency
    • 4.4 Accountability
  • 5.0 Approaches to change
  • 6.0 Federal role
  • 7.0 Summary
  • References
  • Appendix A – Document and literature review template
  • Appendix B – Compendium of best practices and innovations for improving efficiency and access to justice in criminal legal aid, 2007-08 to present
  • Appendix C – Criminal legal aid in Australia, New Zealand, England/Wales, and Scotland
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