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Magna Carta stands for justice - not further cuts

Government reforms to legal aid are penalising successful defences, writes Gemma Blythe

30 June 2015

Rejoice! We have a new Lord Chancellor – the Right Honourable Michael Gove MP. What a fantastic year for him to take
up the role, which marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Our Great Charter was created to protect fundamental rights and to provide swift access to justice.

However, our newly-appointed justice secretary has announced that a further legal aid fee cut, at a rate of 8.75 per cent, will be implemented on
1 July 2015 – the second set of cuts for criminal legal aid in a year. These cuts are the exact opposite of everything Magna Carta stands for.

Just a week before these cuts come into effect, Gove gave a speech at the Legatum Institute. He said: ‘There are two nations
in our justice system at present.
On the one hand, the wealthy, international class who can choose to settle cases in London with the gold standard of Bri...

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