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Legal Aid

The government has announced that it is to restrict the availability of legal aid for certain kinds of case.

This not only represents the latest attack on the poor by a Government of millionaires but also prejudices the Article 6 rights of those of limited means to achieve a fair hearing.

Campaign now to oppose the cuts in Legal Aid

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      • KateKate commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        These proposals will have a fundamental impact on the most vulnerable members of our society. People who have been subjected to sometimes horrific abuse will be unable to obtain legal representation to assist them and therefore face direct questioning by the perpetrator of the abuse and even the threat of losing their children to the abuser!

        Also the courts will be backed up by cases which take longer due to unrepresented parties and mean more expense on the court budget and slower access to justice for all court users whatever their means.

        very worrying indeed.

      • BenBen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I heard the MOJ are taking their cue on A to J policy from China..... is this true?

      • BenBen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I heard the MOJ are taking their cue on A to J policy from China..... is this true?

      • BenBen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I heard the MOJ are taking their cue on A to J policy from China..... is this true?

      • BenBen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I heard the MOJ are taking their cue on A to J policy from China..... is this true?

      • BenBen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Lets all go live in China if these legal aid reforms go through.....

      • BenBen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Lets all go live in China if these legal aid reforms go through.....

      • HelenHelen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Access to justice is a fundamental human right and essential to the rule of law. Cutting legal aid has the greatest effect on the most vulnerable people and takes away their voice. Cutting legal aid is not the answer and will close the door on thousands of people preventing them from using the law to protect them from harm and wrongdoing. What is the purpose of a legal system if those who need it most have no access to it.?

      • Clare CibClare Cib commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Cutting legal aid to those who need it does not stop cases from needing to go to court... all it does is prevent access to justice to people who cannot afford to pay for it. If the proposed cuts go ahead, those who can afford to go to court will continue to do so but those who cannot afford it will either have no redress whatsoever or will have to represent themselves. They may then be faced with representing themselves against a party who can afford to pay for legal advice and representation and this will represent a clear unfair advantage to the wealthy at the expense of the poor. Or worst still, if there are two parties who cannot afford legal advice they would be forced to represent themselves against each other and will have to navigate the law, the court system and the rules of evidence without any guidance.

      • LachlanLachlan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would rather not see justice become a commodity, ordered like so much online shopping. Access to justice is a legal right established after generations of effort. Do not throw it away!

      • Laura Laura commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Access to justice is a fundamental tenet of our society. The proposed changes to legal aid will adversely affect some of the most vulnerable people in Britain and every effort needs to be made to prevent this.

      • Julia BaleJulia Bale commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Legal aid is essential to ensure justice for the most marginalised parts of our society.

      • TreborTrebor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This campaign is crucial. If these proposals go through it will restrict legal advice so that the most vulnerable and most in need can't get it.

      • Prakash RupareliaPrakash Ruparelia commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The green paper proposals are direct insult to the poor and vulnerable in society, Legal aid is essential for access to justice and the rule of law. Why should the poor suffer for a problem created by the bankers who continue to get massive bonuses.

      • Rochdale Law CentreRochdale Law Centre commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        These proposed cuts will mean that half a million people in Britain will be left without access to justice. Justice is for everyone--not just those who can afford it.

        In deprived areas such as Rochdale free, independent legal advice is essential in ensuring that vulnerable people are not subjected to exploitation or discrimination.

      • Paul TaylorPaul Taylor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a really important campaign - the cuts are hitting the poorest and most vulnerable at a time when they need it most - if they go through it really will be a day of shame

      • SheShe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The proposed changes will separate parents from children, spouses from each other. Immigration law is complex and if the changes are allowed to take place, only those who can afford to pay a legal representative will be able to afford expert guidance through a complex system which can mean permanent family separation.

        Justice will be denied !

      • Jo Jo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The proposed changes to legal aid are criminal, thought up by millionaire ministers who will never be personally affected by them. This is an outrage. In 21st century Britain, you should not be able to buy justice, all should have access to decent legal representation and the best opportunity possible to achieve justice.

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