Legal aid cuts: six lawyers on why they will damage our justice system
Why have lawyers taken to the streets to protest against legal aid cuts? Self-interest or because they care about the havoc they see being wrought on our legal system?
Legal aid, the provision of advice and representation in court to those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer, was established by Clement Attlee’s Labour government in 1949. Supporters revere it as one of the principal pillars of the post-war welfare state. However, over the years, costs have escalated as the UK became an increasingly litigious society.
The Ministry of Justice estimates that legal aid in England and Wales now costs the taxpayer …read more