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Are we still a civilised society?

Convincing the public of the importance of legal aid is the first step in placing access to justice back on the political agenda, writes Jon Robins

26 July 2016

The first article that ever appeared on the Justice Gap website, an online magazine run by journalists about the law and justice aimed at the public, when we launched in 2011 was headlined: '"Access to justice": What the @%!? does that mean?'

It was a blunt riposte to Ken Clarke. The then justice secretary had just revealed to the world
a consultation paper on the government's plans for legal
aid which were to become the dreaded Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders
Act (LASPO).

'I genuinely believe "access
to justice" is the hallmark of a civilised society,' Clarke told MPs.

That was a bit rich, we thought, coming from a politician whose proposals amounted to little more than a demolition job. LASPO was predicated on a simple idea: cutting £350m
from a £2.2bn...

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