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Re: Price of justice

Postby Russell » Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:54 pm

However, you'd think this would have be researched (the OP)....
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Re: Price of justice

Postby atticus » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:22 pm

If only we knew an academic who could devise and conduct a suitably rigorous study.
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Re: Price of justice

Postby Russell » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:08 am

Wouldn't you just need a student? Do law students undertake substantial original research, thesis?
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Re: Price of justice

Postby atticus » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:57 am

Another way of looking at it can be that particular lawyers can acquire a reputation in their fields. "Mr Loophole" for driving cases being an example. Market forces enable them to charge higher fees.
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Re: Price of justice

Postby atticus » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:59 am

The OP's anecdote about the wealthy person who paid for his defence but was still found guilty is not a promising start to supporting the thesis that money buys results.
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Re: Price of justice

Postby shootist » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:45 am

atticus wrote:Another way of looking at it can be that particular lawyers can acquire a reputation in their fields. "Mr Loophole" for driving cases being an example. Market forces enable them to charge higher fees.


Because, presumably, they have a higher success rate in acquitting their clients which tends to support the OP assertion. As the thread concerns 'justice' we could then discuss whether 'getting someone off on a technicality' represents real justice.
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Re: Price of justice

Postby atticus » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:44 am

I am not aware of any lawyer who publices his lost cases. I am aware of a case where Mr Loophole has advised that a case was indefensible and disqualification inevitable.
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Re: Price of justice

Postby dls » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:51 pm

Because, presumably, they have a higher success rate in acquitting their clients which tends to support the OP assertion.

which may be no more than an unwillingness to take on a losing case.
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Re: Price of justice

Postby atticus » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:04 pm

I have frequently wondered whether my track record is as good as it is for that reason. On the other hand, I do not think I can be accused of giving false encouragement to my clients.

That should also answer those who are prone to saying that solicitors will egg clients on so as to build up the fees they can charge.
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Re: Price of justice

Postby Russell » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:24 pm

Surely, there is no record of won or lost cases, so reputation comes about by headline cases?
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