Standing up for access to justice

A2J_400.pngOn 11th January, I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on Access to Justice, where I set out my concerns on the impact of Conservative Government policies of court closures, inflated court fees and reduced access to legal aid.

In the discussion, I said,

It is almost a year to the day since the publication of the annual report to Parliament from the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, in which he said:

“Our system of justice has become unaffordable to most.”

That is as clear and authoritative a judgment on the state of access to justice as could be hoped for. The reasons for that assessment are clear: employment tribunal fees, LASPO—the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012—and “Transforming Legal Aid”.

WATCH my speech here

READ my speech here 

 

 


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