Posted 11/02/2021 by FASO
Having been through all the elements of this system, using legal aid – I can vouch for these comments
Although only the bereaved families are spoken of, it also applies to the rest of the system for all the families/individuals who need as they say ‘equality of arms’
Running on Empty: Civil Legal Aid System
A newly published report “Running on Empty” from the Bar Council, which represents all barristers in England and Wales, reveals the severity of problems in the civil legal aid system. The report, which is based on a series of interviews with barristers and clerks, finds that the role of a barrister, in a climate of underfunding of public services, has been forced to stand in for roles that should have been done by other public services. One participant who works on inquests described the role as “you are half social worker, half handler, part counsellor and then advocate.”
Civil legal aid barristers, as outlined in the report, can feel underappreciated, but to feel attacked by government, as they recently have, is a new and worrying development.
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