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'I take this opportunity to salute CILEx for your role in collaborating with the Bar Council and Law Society to produce guidelines for the profession on handling cases involving unrepresented parties. I was very pleased to see the emphasis on a lawyer’s duty to the court and the administration of justice, as well as to the client. Judges – like lawyers – are having to adapt to the new world and assist LiPs as far as is appropriate in the interests of justice.'The dinner, attended by legal luminaries, judges, politicians, commentators and educationalists, also heard from CILEx President Frances Edwards. She said:
'The weakening of access to justice, the cuts to legal aid and legal advice charities, and rising court fees, has once again put ‘the lawyer’ out of reach of vast numbers of people, particularly the most vulnerable. I feel it only right that the Ministry of Justice has not earmarked legal aid to be burdened with the latest round of cuts.'Frances continued: 'Thousands of lawyers working pro bono from one end of the country to the other have been supporting where they can, and I want to pay tribute to them tonight.'
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