It is of the utmost importance that the new government puts the future of our justice system firmly on the agenda.

Cuts to legal aid over many years have resulted in a significant shortage of criminal lawyers and duty solicitors, as a career in criminal law is becoming unsustainable for the next generation of lawyers.

The JLD is concerned that the cuts to legal aid fees mean that the already reducing number of legal aid firms do not have the resources to offer training contracts to junior lawyers.

If fewer solicitors are qualifying into legal aid, this will have a significant impact on individuals who cannot afford to pay to have access to justice.

The cuts to legal aid fees have had an astronomically negative imp...

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