chapter  Chapter Two
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Barriers to Courts and Attempted Reforms

ByJack Spence

The experiences of both the Legal Aid Reforms and the Plan Piloto dePractica y Asistencia Legal (PPPLA) show that enlarging access to the courts presented formidable problems. The squatter settlement movement confronted political parties with constituencies actively and recently organized around the issue of housing. A system of legal aid sanctioned by the court system alleviated the access problem to only a minor extent. The experiences of both the Legal Aid Reforms and the PPPLA show that enlarging access to the courts presented formidable problems. The more fragmented responses, it can be argued, are partly the result of the methodology and the level of awareness of the respondents. The more fragmented responses are partly the result of the methodology and the level of awareness of the respondents. Finally, the PPPLA attempted to expand the number of attorneys interested in this sort of law, primarily by offering courses in “poverty law” at the Catholic University Law School.