Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Legal aid

A Law Society report has estimated that a quarter of all current providers of legal aid could close as reforms are introduced by which solicitors would have to bid competitively for all legal aid work instead of a set rate per hour. This will obviously make it difficult for practices to run solely on legal aid cases, hence the estimate in numbers of providers closing.
Legal aid is a vital method of ensuring justice is for everyone, rather than the privileged few. Such an action could be expected by a right wing goverment. Oh, hang on....

Meanwhile, footballer, sometime llama impersonator and earner of tens of thousands of pounds per week El Hadji Diouf - currently on bail over an alleged assault on his wife - claimed legal aid while defending himself in case regarding him gobbing at an 11-year old.

4 comments:

Gary said...

So instead of the system being based on a government handout for the legal workers its actually going to be based on a competitive rate for the job based on individuals tendering for the work ?

Sounds like they've just joined the rest of us in the real world.

Gary said...

So instead of the system being based on a government handout for the legal workers its actually going to be based on a competitive rate for the job based on individuals tendering for the work ?

Sounds like they've just joined the rest of us in the real world.

Gary said...

How did that happen then ?

John_D said...

Don't know how that happened. Technology innit.....


And while it is sort of bringing it into the competitive environment everyoen is used to, the question is 'should it be?'
I would say not, as it removes the principle of justice being for everyone, which I believe is a cornerstone of society