Foreign News: Making History

Under Britain's newest social scheme, 12 million lower-income Britons became eligible last week for free or cut-rate legal aid.

A pamphlet put out by the British Law Society explained: "If your means are small and you have reasonable grounds for taking, defending, or being a party to proceedings in the High Court of Justice or Court of Appeal, you can have the free services of a solicitor and, where necessary, of a barrister.* If your means are moderate, you can have such services in return for a contribution assessed according to your ability to...

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