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Legal advice and funding
The main problem with funding is the cost. Not only is the legal process expensive but cost may be
unpredictable due to the fact that the length of a case may be unknown. As a result, access is
restricted to the legal profession for many of…

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The CDS can issue a representation order for the Magistrates' Court but financial and merits criteria
will be applied (for example, means tested on income and savings). There is also a test to see if the
case is `in the interests of justice' e.g. if a custodial sentence is likely…

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no win ­ no fee
contingency fees
Free access to duty solicitors
Free advice from law centres, the Citizens' advice bureaux and sometimes solicitors.
Solicitors can also sometimes give advice for a fixed fee

Weaknesses of access and funding
New categories have been created in relation to legal rights, but…

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