1 Pump Court -
Defending Legal Aid.
A couple of quotes from the article:
'The latest round of consultation, due to end on 1st November
2013, retains within the proposals a number of features that will
irreversibly undermine the criminal justice system. These are combined
with proposed fee cuts for solicitors and barristers that will make
working as a public servant in the criminal justice system financially
This raises the spectre of under-qualified,
commercially orientated firms moving in to exploit the sector for
profit, to the detriment of society as a whole.'
'In recent years legal aid has been subjected to piecemeal 'reform' and
politically motivated attack which has jeopardised access to justice for
the poor, vulnerable and marginalised as never before. We support the
call for a Royal Commission to conduct an evidence based appraisal of
the current system. We want to ensure legal aid is secured for future
generations as a system fit for purpose, an integral and respected
branch of a modern welfare state, as at it's inception in 1948.'
NOTE: The government has extended to 1st November its (second) consultation on Transforming Legal Aid - Ministry of Justice and Law Society Gazette. Those who have already sent in a response would do well to check it against the somewhat altered consultation document.