Okay, we all know jokes about lawyers, but there are times when you may need one, including if you have been arrested or are facing a difficult case in the civil courts. It remains to be seen if the cuts will be quite as deep as claimed in a recent scare article
, but even very senior judges have expressed concern over them, including one who said the cuts risk undermining the rule of law
if people feel they have been denied justice.
Although it has a vested interest in preserving Legal Aid, the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers deserves to be heard.
The leaflet below was passed on by a lawyer who practices in South London; this is a scan of the leaflet; the full version and much more can currently be downloaded from the Society's website
The lawyer who passed on this leaflet was not prepared to speak on the record, but he echoed the sentiments of those who say defendants will lose the right
to choose who defends them. That right and much more. He believes the intention is to move to an American style public defender system under which those who can afford to pay for legal representation will pay - through the nose, while those who can't - the vast majority of defendants - well, best not go there, especially if you are facing a charge that could see you serving serious time if convicted.