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"The final professional word for the practitioner in family and child law" Phillip Taylor MBE...
'The human cost of Legal Aid reforms is clearly immense. Behind the evidence in our research are countless heart rending stories of children and vulnerable young adults whose lives have been seriously affected by their inability to access legal representation. This means, in effect, that they cannot seek, let alone receive, justice. We should not expect children and young adults to face the complexities of the legal system on their own. These systems are daunting enough for adults, let alone vulnerable children and young people.The full report is available to download here.
The detailed analysis in our Child Rights Impact Assessment demonstrate that the Legal Aid reforms do not make sense. The system is so difficult to navigate that it leads to people having no legal representation. That in turn can prevent decision-makers making decisions properly, as well as stopping individuals obtaining the justice they need.
Our research also shows that some short term savings to one part of the legal system – Legal Aid - are simply shifting costs to another, because judges direct that representation has to be funded, and this does not strike me as being a saving.
This report and its analysis give us a powerful reminder of both the severe legal problems some very vulnerable children and young people face, and the importance of legal assistance in resolving them.'