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Preserve access to justice and the rule of law and commit to a properly funded legal aid system

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Responding to news of a Justice Select Committee inquiry into the future of legal aid, Law Society of England and Wales president Simon Davis said: “Cuts to legal aid and the wider justice system have had a devastating impact on people’s ability to uphold their rights – the Coronavirus pandemic has made things so much worse.

“Our research shows swathes of the country with no or vanishingly little legal aid provision for issues such as housing and community care, as well as a dwindling number of criminal law solicitors, because the system for so long has been starved of funding.

“Growing numbers of people are navigating the justice system unrepresented – with no legal advice to help them enforce their rights.

“This means too many simply give up and live with injustice, which has a corrosive effect on people’s trust in the rule of law.

“Our legal needs survey with the Legal Services Board shows a huge 92% of adults support legal aid.

“To preserve access to justice and the rule of law the government must commit to a properly funded legal aid system so everyone can access justice, regardless of wealth or status.”


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The rule of law is not negotiable

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Responding to news of a Justice Select Committee inquiry into the future of legal aid, Law Society of England and Wales president Simon Davis said:

“The rule of law is not negotiable. This why I wish to echo the concerns raised today in Parliament by the chair of the Justice Select Committee.

“Our commitment to the rule of law is key to attracting international business to the UK and to maintaining faith in our justice system.”


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Solicitors rise to the challenge

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“All across the country, solicitors have worked tirelessly for their clients to ensure the highest standard of service. I am proud of the role solicitors have played to keep the wheels of justice turning through this extraordinarily challenging time.”

Simon Davis, President of the Law Society of England and Wales


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