Petition against the axing of civil legal aid
Jay Sharma commented
Please don't duplicate efforts and dilute this important campaign. Please see http://38degrees.uservoice.com/forums/78585-campaign-suggestions/suggestions/1225109-legal-aid?ref=title Cheers!
Emma Lunn commented
Having just had the assistance of legal aid in a divorce that my ex husband wanted to make messy, I can not stress how important it was in givingme the confidence to fight my corner. I knew the money was there for the lawyers if things got very complicated and I could not be bullied by mt ex because of lack of funds.
But legal aid is not just that security, once it is granted your lawyers are being paid Legal aid rates. This means costs are less likely to spiral out of control.
In my case I have assests and will be expected to pay the money back. So a system is already in place for recovery.Why can't it at least be offered on a loan basis?
I strongly feel that all woman should support maintaining legal aid as we continue to be the less well paid sex and so, are more vunerable when it comes to costly civil legal matters.
Marcia Simpson-James commented
This is disgraceful. This a difficult area of law, where access to justice is essential. Why is the government attacking the most vulnerable needy. Without access to good legal advice, and that advice being funded through legal aid - there will be lots of people who will suffer. By the way, did I not hear that a millionaire business man was given legal aid the other day?