Legal Provision in the Rural Environment

Legal Services, Criminal Justice and Welfare Provision in Rural Areas

Editor(s): Christopher Harding John Williams

Language: English

Genre(s): Social Policy and Law Literary Criticism

Series: Environment and Countryside Law

  • December 1994

  • · eBook - ESO html - 9780585239712

About The Book

This collection of papers examines the role of courts, the police, the legal profession and welfare agencies in the rural environment, with a particular emphasis on the situation in Wales. The papers discuss the distinctive problems which are encountered by such bodies in a rural context, and also the implications for rural areas of a situation in which policy is often determined centrally rather than locally and with the typical problems of urban areas in mind. The book also investigates the concept of rurality in the context of research into the operation of the legal system.


"Taking as their starting point the fact that socio-legal research has, to date, been carried out in a markedly urban context Harding and Williams argue, in their introductory chapter, for greater attention to the problems of legal provision in rural areas not only because these problems are worth investigating for their own solution but also because these problems lessons of a more general kind may be drawn from examination of the legal system in a different type of environment. . .Whilst the individual chapters are of interest in themselves, its further value is in drawing attention on a more general level to the problems faced by rural environments and placing them firmly on the intellectual agenda." -Scottish Law Gazette


Introduction – legal services, criminal justice and welfare provision in rural areas, Christopher Harding and John Williams; the provision of legal services in rural Wales, W.J. Edwards and D. Rogers; research into criminal justice in rural areas, Christopher Harding; rural Crown Courts – are they different?, Paul Robertshaw; the magistrate in a rural area with particular reference to courts in west Wales, Margaret Gwynne Lloyd; problems affecting rural policing, Pat Jones; non-statutory support for victims and offenders, Lynne Hurley; community care – the law and rural areas, John Williams.

About the Editor(s)

Christopher Harding

Dr Christopher Harding is one of the editors of Legal Provision in the Rural Environment.

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John Williams

John Williams is Professor of Law at Aberystwyth University.

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