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What price civil justice?

Brian G Main () and Alan Peacock
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ESE Discussion Papers from Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh

Abstract: In the jurisdictions both of England and Wales and of Scotland, the civil justice system is currently the subject of intense critical appraisal. This paper considers the current status of civil justice, beginning by asking what we expect from our system of civil justice and going on to analyse the supply and demand of civil legal services in market terms. The authors conclude that there is scope in the system for substantial experimentation with procedural reform. They suggest that as much as possible should be done to encourage the development of a cafeteria-style of civil justice system with improved information flows for consumers, and provision for innovations such as cost capping and risk sharing between legal representatives and clients, so providing consumers with more freedom of choice.

Date: 1998-11
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