We are an alliance of legal organisations, charities, community and other campaigning groups, trade unions and individuals who are united in our opposition to successive governments’ attacks on legal aid, access to justice and the criminal justice system.
Legal Aid Matters Pamphlet
70 Legal aid cases, summarised by a range of contributors, are brought together in the pamphlet to illustrate four critical elements which make legal aid essential to a fair and just society:
– The ability to secure legal rights and freedoms regardless of ability to pay
– The ability to use the law to hold state authorities to account
– The supervisory effect of legal aid in keeping the decisions and actions of authorities and others within the law
– The role of legal aid in developing areas of law that affect all of us, including those who cannot afford to pay
Legal aid must be protected because otherwise social justice is unachievable and the rule of law fails.