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Legal aid changes will allow abuses of power by public authorities against the most vulnerable

Last week justice secretary Chris Grayling withdrew his proposal to deny those accused in the criminal courts and reliant on legal aid the right to choose who will represent them.

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Cuts to legal aid will see people priced out of justice

The truth is we will all be worse off if these proposals become law. The prospect of legal intervention is the surest way of securing a society where respect for human rights, equality and due process guides the behaviour of our decision-makers. This botched attempt to get justice on the cheap would put justice out of reach for all but the most powerful.

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Comment: How the government’s reforms to legal aid and judicial reviews are disenfranchising the poorest and will destroy confidence in the judiciary

TweetMichael Higgs is a Law student at the University of Sheffield One of the basic tenets of any democratic society is ensuring that all classes have access to the legislature, executive and the judiciary. However, thanks to the government’s reforms to our legal services, some of the most vulnerable in our society face a disenfranchisement […]

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The reality of life as one of Ken Clarke’s ‘fat cat legal aid lawyers’

Harriet Williams looks at the reality of life as one of Ken Clarke’s ‘fat cat legal aid lawyers’.

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Coalition Britain 2012: Unfair legal aid cuts followed by a North Korean approach to justice

Mike Morgan-Giles reports on government plans for ‘secret courts’, and the use of secret evidence, on the grounds of “national security”.

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New report warns legal aid cuts will pile pressure on MPs’ surgeries

Will Horwitz reports that MPs’ surgeries will see a dramatic surge in people seeking legal help after the legal aid cuts are introduced in April 2013.

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Lib Dem conference gives Clegg a get out of jail free card on the legal aid cuts

At the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference party members voted overwhelmingly against Ken Clarke and Lord McNally’s plans to cut legal aid by £350 million.

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Clarke must listen to the Lords and save legal aid for the most vulnerable in society

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan calls on Secretary of State Ken Clarke to listen to the House of Lords and abandon his proposed legal aid cuts.

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Tory and Crossbench peers lead the revolt against Clarke’s legal aid cuts

Jonny Mulligan of the Sound Off for Justice campaign reports on the latest House of Lords defeats for the government in the LASPO bill over legal aid cuts.

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The financial and personal cost of the legal aid cuts laid bare

Left Foot Forward looks at the legal aid cuts, and the costs to services, people and the taxpayer of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

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