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South African legal aid in non-criminal cases


South Africa is a useful model for transition and developing countries as it demonstrates what can be accomplished with a modest per capita annual expenditure on legal aid of approximately US$1.36. The South African Constitution requires legal aid in criminal cases. Approximately 85% of the South African legal aid budget is expended on legal services to criminal defendants. Consequently, the Legal Aid Board has adopted a number of creative methods to maintain its provision of legal aid in both criminal and civil cases.

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