Earlier this summer, the Law Centers Network published its Law For All report, which highlighted a concept it referred to as the ‘hidden justice gap’.

The report identified the ‘squeezed middle’ – those unable to afford to pay for legal assistance but are not eligible for legal aid. 

I am certain that a large number of practitioners will have raised an eyebrow at the notion that the justice gap has hitherto been hidden. I’m also confident that I will not have been the only one to have scoffed at the use of the word ‘gap’. I think ‘gaping chasm’ would have been far more fitting (albeit emotive) terminology in light of the circumstances we are now in. 


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