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article imageOp-Ed: Lawyers and the cuts in the UK

By Alexander Baron     Jun 14, 2013 in Politics
The British Government claims it is seeking to transform Legal Aid. Many lawyers believe this is about saving money at the expense of justice.
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.
The front of a leaflet issued by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.
The front of a leaflet issued by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.
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