A sector on the verge.
Numbers obtained through a freedom of information request reveal the dire state of the legal aid sector in England and Wales.
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Ongoing strike action by criminal barristers could disrupt trials until demands for better pay are met.
As the Law Society recently reported, legal aid in New Zealand is ‘on life support’. Urgent action is required to avoid the justice gap becoming a chasm.
Decriminalization of simple drug possession would treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal justice issue.
Young people often swallow any drugs they have on them when they encounter police, risking overdose to avoid a drug possession charge.
Access to justice has been diminished by swinging budget cuts in England and Wales.
Seventy years after it was first launched, legal aid’s principles of equality are a shadow of what they once were.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford returns to his office at the Ontario legislature after announcing the cancellation of retroactive cuts that have hit public health, child care and other municipal services.
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A year ago, Doug Ford’s election was seen as a harbinger of a populist realignment in Ontario and Canadian politics. Now polls suggest Ford has abysmally low personal approval ratings.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford laughs as Finance Minister Vic Fedeli presents the 2019 budget at the legislature in Toronto in April 2019.
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There’s an apparent emerging Doug Ford doctrine in Ontario of short-term gain for long-term pain. It threatens to embed long-term structural costs for the province and its taxpayers.
In a political dispute with Ottawa, Doug Ford’s Ontario government has stopped funding legal aid for refugee claimants. This 2017 photo shows a young asylum seeker being held by an RCMP officer and her father after crossing the border into Canada from the United States.
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The recent decision by the Ontario government to drastically cut funds for legal aid will cause hardship for many low-income residents of Ontario and for refugees claimants.
Income shouldn’t restrict access to justice.
An evidence-based measure of minimum income has been widely adopted – and could now change the rules around legal aid.
Doing lots of the legal leg work.
Cuts to legal aid could see paralegals taking on more case work.
An asylum appeal court: a judge’s view.
Inconsistencies in how judges handle appeal cases and different levels of legal provision around the country can leave asylum seekers facing a lottery.
A woman at Yarl’s Wood detention centre in 2015.
It is becoming harder and harder to access legal aid for immigration cases.
Going to court? You’re on your own.
Many who represent themselves in court fail to make it through the process, have their case dismissed or lose what otherwise would have been a winning case.
The UK’s family court system is at breaking point.
Couples filing for divorce have an incentive to pin the blame for marriage breakdown on one person. This should stop.
Going to court? Who’s your true friend?
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Legal aid cuts have made people going to court turn for help elsewhere.
Secret evidence can leave employees in the dark.
Sacked from your job and never told why. Is this the new normal for some workers in Britain?
Bringing the hammer down. How the legal system fails the world’s most vulnerable people.
The British legal system is skewing the odds against some of the most vulnerable refugees.
Differences in personal resources and capabilities mean that the most vulnerable Australians find the legal system inaccessible.
The demand for government-funded legal services is large and growing. Simply “not cutting” these services does the community a grave disservice.
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It is bitterly ironic that in this, the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta, there are threats from the UK to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. This convention is Europe’s own Magna…