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The shaken foundations of the legal system

A hike in court fees demonstrates the government's willingness to commoditise the law and endanger people's rights, says David Kirwan

3 February 2015

“We shall sell to no man Justice or Right; We shall deny to no man Justice or Right; We shall defer to no man Justice or Right”. I am of course referring to the Great Charter (Magna Carta) of 1215, the foundations on which English liberties rest.

These famous words seem to carry even more poignancy following recent government proposals to dramatically increase court fees. The plans, which have caused the senior judiciary to erupt in a rallying outcry, make for very stark reading and raise grave concerns about the future of our legal system and, indeed, our society.

There is the sense of impending doom which heralds such ill-thought-through, impulsive and irrational changes. Unfortunately, it seems that this is becoming an increasingly familiar and unwelcome companion for those of us operating in the legal sector. These turbul...

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