Voices for Justice – Rally at Conway Hall

On Wednesday 6th January, the Justice Alliance brought together over 400 justice campaigners in a renewed call to protect and promote our legal aid system. Speakers included survivors of state and corporate abuse, human rights lawyers, trade unionists and NGO workers, united by the vital role legal aid has played in their battles for justice and…

Legal aid cuts threaten our very democracy

  Legal aid cuts threaten our very democracy In 2010, annual expenditure for the civil and criminal justice system stood at approximately £2bn per annum, which equates to the cost of running the NHS for a fortnight. Spending was falling and was not spiralling out of control. Now, after two years of an unprecedented programme…

Justice Alliance joins the protest on 22 July 2015 outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court, to fight for legal aid alongside a united profession

From 1 July 2015, thousands of criminal solicitors have refused to take on new legal aid cases, in protest against the government’s further cuts to fixed fees and proposed contract changes. Criminal barristers have since voted to join this action. Already there are reports of police stations and courts struggling to cope since lawyers have…

Legal Aid Cuts Threaten Our Very Democracy

Legal aid cuts threaten our very democracy In 2010, annual expenditure for the civil and criminal justice system stood at approximately £2bn per annum, which equates to the cost of running the NHS for a fortnight. Spending was falling and was not spiralling out of control. Now, after two years of an unprecedented programme of…

Stripping Justice Bare

1 APRIL 2015 marks the 2nd anniversary of the coming into force of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO), which drastically cut legal aid and demolished access to justice for 600,000 of the poorest and most vulnerable in society. In this, the 800 year anniversary of Magna Carta, the impact of…