Legal aid reforms
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I fully understand why some in the legal profession feel bruised or worry about how our reforms might affect them. However the government and the legal profession must work together to create a legal aid system that protects those who need it most whilst also commanding the confidence of taxpayers who fund it. Put simply, we want to ensure the limited money we have available for legal aid is concentrated on those cases where it is needed most. Our proposals would ensure a system sustainable and affordable for future generations, and it will remain one of the most generous in the world.
Legal aid is there to make sure that people can get justice even when they do not have the financial means to pay for it. It is based on the principle that the law should apply to all (and protect all) equally.
Justice secretary Chris Grayling has signalled in a letter to MPs that he is preparing to rework one of the most heavily
I am writing to ask that you revisit your proposals for legal aid, proposals which have generated considerable criticism from across the board... Labour fully supports making those can afford to pay their legal fees do so, and clawing back costs from wealthy criminals. Legal aid should be reserved for those most in need.
Legal Aid Reforms: It's Not Just Criminals and Minorities Who Could Miss Out on Justice - It Could Be You
After months of insightful articles in the legal blogosphere expressing contempt over the government's proposed legal aid reforms, lawyers finally went public in recent weeks holding demonstrations outside parliament and the Ministry of Justice.
Government plans to overhaul legal aid threaten to destroy the "world-renowned" British justice system, barristers have told
The UK's most senior judge has said he fears cuts to legal aid could lead to people "taking the law into their own hands
MPs get very upset when you accuse them of being "on holiday" during recess - they splutter that they're catching up on essential
Legal aid is facing an "existential crisis" and must be streamlined to survive, according to Ken Clarke. The Justice Secretary