The Round-up: One nation justice – but will the Government pay for it?

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In his first major speech as Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove this week set out his vision for ‘one nation justice’. At present a two-tier system provides the “gold-standard” of British justice to the wealthy and a “creaking, outdated system to everyone else”. The emphasis was on making use of technological developments, closing under-used courts and requiring the “most successful in the legal profession” to help “protect access to justice for all”.

Commentators have welcomed the aim of reducing inequalities, but point to a problem largely neglected by Mr Gove: the chronic lack of resources in the public system. Robin Murray in the Justice Gap argues that legal aid cuts and the “inevitable destruction” of solicitors’ firms will undermine proposed efficiency reforms. Unable to sustain the “relentless financial struggle”, lawyers are being driven out of public-funded work, writes Sarah Forshaw QC. Technological advancement is important…

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