The criminal justice system is on the brink of collapse after a decade of underfunding and needs urgent intervention, a Law Society report has concluded.
The Society has called for a criminal legal aid task force made up of solicitors, barristers, prosecutors and the judiciary to help improve the system.
The report uncovers a system at breaking point with every part of the process floundering, resulting in injustice and preventing access to justice.
Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: “Unsurprisingly, it is those on lower and middle incomes who bear the greatest burden.”
A significant pressure highlighted by the report is the growing shortage of criminal duty solicitors who are on average 4...