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Justice is the first of our human rights

David Kirwan welcomes the challenge to increased civil court fees and the renewed push to bring back legal aid

5 May 2015

Given the seeming lack of public reaction to the chaos engulfing our legal system, you could be forgiven for thinking that most people haven't even blinked an eye while the government merrily sacrifices access to justice at its altar of 'budget deficit balance'.

This year has seen a number
of dramatic changes which threaten to dismantle,
if not utterly decimate, the foundations of our world-renowned legal system. The
600 per cent rise in civil court fees, combined with the introduction of new punitive charges for those convicted in magistrates' and crown courts, have made this a dark period
for our legal system.

Justice, it would seem, is rapidly becoming a commodity - and one only the wealthy
can afford. It is ironic that at
a time when large swathes of the country are struggling financially, our government seems hell-bent on ...

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