TITLE

We must fight to keep our fair legal system

PUB. DATE
May 2013
SOURCE
Daily Mail;5/16/2013, p56
SOURCE TYPE
Newspaper
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
MY FATHER came to the UK in the early Sixties because he wanted a better life, having heard so much about England's green pastures. He wanted the opportunity to earn money, but also to live in a disciplined, rational and democratic society where there was law and order and an individual's rights were protected and respected. I wonder whether he still holds those views about England. We talk proudly of being able to enjoy a democratic society, but is this really the case? Would it be better described as a limited democracy where, at times, important legal changes are made without careful scrutiny? The Government plans to cut Legal Aid by £220 million and has produced a consultation paper on price competitive tendering for criminal Legal Aid work. The Justice Secretary wants to decrease the number of law firms from around 1,600 to 400. This won't encourage the survival of small Legal Aid practices operating in the interests of the local community. These firms have represented the vulnerable and weak, financially troubled and less privileged. If implemented, this would mean 75 per cent of practising criminal law firms going out of business, the significant role of the para-legals involved in the preparation of cases losing their jobs and their staff going on the dole. Up to 1,200 firms would be forced to close and this would also affect selfemployed junior criminal barristers. Our legal system is unique, based on the tenets of historical rights known as the Magna Carta.
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