Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Lord Chief Justice ~ Report to Parliament

Lord Chief Justice has submitted his report to Parliament - 2015 Report (pdf 32 pages)

The report contains a number of observations which give rise to concern for the state of justice.  For example, the Lord Chief Justice states that:

"Our system of justice has become unaffordable to most.  In consequence there has been a considerable increase in litigants in person for whom our current court system is not really designed."

This observation will come as no surprise to those who have followed events since the the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) removed much civil legal aid.  The legal aid provisions in LASPO came into force almost three years ago in April 2013. Reforms to the civil court system are now being considered - see Civil Courts Structure Review

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