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Attorney General to warn Justice Minister over legal aid cuts

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Dominic Grieve QC, the Attorney General is to write a letter to Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Minister raising concerns over the government’s proposals to cut legal aid. In particular Mr Grieve will raise the issue of litigants representing themselves and the possible delays this could cause.

The letter follows a meeting Mr Grieve held with family lawyers as part of his role as head of the bar. During that meeting it was made clear to the Attorney General that the legal aid cuts would result in a significant increase in litigants in person which would clog up the courts and cause delays.

Although Mr Grieve understood some of the concerns and has agreed to raise them in his letter he also warned that ultimately it was not his decision and in the current economic climate the government is in a difficult position. Commenting on his meeting he told the Times newspaper: “I told them that I am not in charge of this policy; and also that the Government is not going to change its policy because it is between a rock and a hard place when it comes to funding and what is a widespread perception that there should be cuts to legal aid,”

There has already been considerable criticism from the judiciary in relation to the cuts. In February this year Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said that they would have serious implications for the quality of justice and for the administration of the justice system”.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

October 3, 2011 at 9:44 am

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