‘Don’t put legal aid into retirement’

Topics: Law Society activity,Legal aid and access to justice,Government & politics

  • Print
  • Share
  • Comments (2)
  • Save

Related images

  • Andrew Caplen

Legal aid is ‘too important to be put into retirement’ the Law Society’s president Andrew Caplen will tell members this week, the 65th anniversary of the start of the service.

The modern legal aid system was created by the Attlee government in the Legal Advice and Assistance Act 1949, enacted on 30 July 1949.

Advertisement

Caplen (pictured) will put forward a defence of the system that has enabled millions to benefit over the years. ‘Access to justice is about ensuring that nobody is shut out from our legal system. Not the homeless, not the jobless, not the victims of domestic violence,’ he will say.

‘There can be no access to justice when citizens, especially those who are vulnerable or marginalised, do not understand their rights, do not understand the legal system or cannot afford to obtain redress.’

Caplen will highlight the impact the government’s civil legal aid cuts have had on access to justice.

Readers' comments (2)

  • But will anything change or is it just more blah blah blah and no actual action?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • legal aid has been sacrificed in order to shore up its sister service the NHS which became fat and bloated and continued to demand more and more
    If the poor and ill need medical help they surely need legal help too, or the lack of the latter will create even more stress ( illness) than they can cope with in this fast paced complex world.
    Telling them to "do law online" or use mediation is no substitute for the real thing, proper advice about the legal position as it affects them personally.
    This is going to end badly and the intelligent know it.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

  • Print
  • Share
  • Comments (2)
  • Save

Lord Dyson

Man allowed to challenge former mother-in-law's will

27 May 2016By

Colin Randall was allowed to challenge the validity of the will despite being left nothing in the estate. 

Larry Gould

MoJ awards courtroom interpreting contracts

27 May 2016By

Leeds-based Thebigword has secured two out of four lots of the contract, which comes into force on 31 October.

Markfenhalls

Criminal justice system ‘under stress’, MPs warn

27 May 2016By

Public accounts committee reports that the number of CPS lawyers has fallen by 27% since 2010.

Advertisement

Sign up for email news alerts

Daily Update. Keep abreast of the latest developments that affect the profession

Legal Services

Browse the magazine

Current Issue

The Gazette offers you up-to-the-minute national and international news, opinion, features, in-depth articles plus a jobs and appointments section.

Please click the link below for a digital edition