The assault on the legal resources and rights of ordinary people has been twin track; removing people from scope and cutting the pay of legal aid lawyers drastically. It has also involved trying to change the rules; this has been the angle pursued by Government in its attack on Judicial Review, probably the most important […]Continue reading

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LCCSA Tuesday Truth The question was recently posed by Andrew Keogh, what is it that we want. As he pointed out it is easy for us to say what we don’t want and some believe there is a fundamental conflict of interest between owners and employed Solicitors which prevents the development of a coherent alternative […]Continue reading

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For the last decade Defence Lawyers have persistently highlighted the need for rules to prevent police investigations dragging on interminably. It has been a continuing irony that various initiatives in the criminal justice system such as, “simple, speedy, summary justice” simply and summarily ignored the fact that thousands of defendants entering at a point of the […]Continue reading

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Throughout the tenure of the last Labour Governments, the Legal Aid budget was subject to   both remorseless erosion by inflation (no rate rises after 1993), and direct attack through cuts. There was also the decade long existential crisis of PCT, a   policy to which the Labour Party remained (remains?), wedded as a vehicle   for market […]Continue reading

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