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The public defence solicitors office : An independant evaluation

Goriely, Tamara and McCrone, P and Duff, P and Knapp, M. and Henry, A and Tata, Cyrus and Lancaster, B and Sherr, A. (2001) The public defence solicitors office : An independant evaluation. [Report]

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Abstract

The Public Defence Solicitors' Office (PDSO) was established in Edinburgh on 1 October 1998. The enabling legislation required that it be formally evaluated, and a report presented to Parliament within three years. Research was therefore commissioned to compare criminal defence services delivered through the PDSO with those delivered through private practice solicitors under the legal aid scheme. The comparison was undertaken with reference to four criteria: · cost-effectiveness; · the quality of services provided; · client satisfaction; and · the contribution of each delivery method to the efficiency of the criminal justice system, including the impact on the courts, the Procurator Fiscal service, the police and the judiciary. This study was confined to representation in summary proceedings (that is, proceedings without a jury). During the period of the study, the Office did not undertake solemn work, before a judge and jury.

Item type: Report
ID code: 29568
Keywords: public defence, solicitors office, judiciary, Criminal justice administration
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Criminal justice administration
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Law > Law
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2011 15:00
Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 11:24
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/29568

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