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Austerity ain't working

Kerry Underwood: The real agenda is to stop ordinary people enforcing their rights

15 March 2016

A huge number of courts will soon be closed so that the government can flog them to try to hide the fact that austerity ain't working.

It is obvious that this will cause great harm to the social fabric of the country. Leaving that aside, it also shows a poverty of imagination and aspiration.

Instead of closing the courts and moving to Briggs's online, lawyerless, witnessless, Nuremberg National County Court - here is another plan.

Create far more civil courts, but with all communication to be by email or phone, with no paper to be delivered to courts. This is the case in virtually all states in the US and it works well. There are state-funded booths and staff in shopping malls, etc. to assist those who have no access to computers.

Appropriate local solicitors can be appointed part-time to deal with all interlocutory matte...

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