19 June 2013

Lord Neuberger sounds legal aid warning

The president of the UK's supreme court has claimed that legal aid cuts will drive away the best lawyers and fail to boost efficiency.

By James Barnes

Lord Nueberger Wikimedia/National Assembley for Wales

Lord Nueberger – responding to proposals by from the justice secretary, Chris Grayling – said reforms would not produce savings as there would be more unrepresented litigants resulting in longer hearings, reports the Guardian.

Access to justice

The judge added that the plans, which aim to trim £220 million from the legal aid budget, put access to justice for the poor and vulnerable at risk.
Lord Neuberger, who became supreme court president last October, also defended judicial review challenges. He said: ‘We should take great care in any approach to reduce access to judicial review. It is a small price to pay for a democratic and just society.’

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