Legal aid cuts badly damaging access to justice, says Reprieve

By agency reporter
June 23, 2015

In a speech at the Legatum Institute in London today (23 June), UK Justice Secretary Michael Gove said that the justice system fails the poorest and that he planned to “review” cuts to legal aid.

Kat Craig, legal director of human rights charity Reprieve said: “Michael Gove’s realisation that we have a deeply unequal justice system is welcome, but unfortunately its problems are in large part due to the policies of his predecessor. Legal aid cuts under the current and previous Governments are already badly damaging the ability of ordinary members of the public to gain access to justice. They are also endangering the citizen’s ability to hold the state accountable for wrongdoing. Simply keeping these cuts under review is not enough – they need to be reversed if the system is to have a chance of recovery.”

* Reprieve http://www.reprieve.org.uk/

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