On 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”.