Women And Minorities Children Hardest Hit!

Ooooh, the gatekeepers of the law aren’t happy!

Stephen Cobb QC, chairman of the Family Law Bar Association, said: “We will see an increasing number of people going to court on their own without representation.”That is DIY justice, not access to justice. We face the very real prospect that many children and women who have been victims of domestic abuse will have to endure the further trauma of being cross-examined by their alleged perpetrator, who will not be eligible for legal aid.”

Because it’s never going to happen the other way around, is it?

The Ministry of Justice has said legal aid will be preserved for those who suffer violence and psychological abuse in domestic disputes.

But that doesn’t allay the suspicions of people who see the taxpayer-funded gravy train getting diverted off into a disused siding, of course:

Family charities and the legal profession claim the definition remains too narrow and that alleged perpetrators will not be entitled to legal representation, resulting in many conducting personal cross-examinations.

And fewer BMWs and Audis in the solicitor’s firm car parks.

Jane Wilson of Resolution, which represents family lawyers, said: “We are really worried that the bill will reduce access to justice for the poorest in society.”

And the thought that there’ll be less work to go around for lawyers and associated ‘victim groups’ and fakecharities never crossed your mind? Really?

Well, who else is complaining?

Other signatories of the manifesto include the Association of Lawyers for Children, Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse, and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.


4 comments for “Women And Minorities Children Hardest Hit!

  1. October 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hell that whole abuse thing is fraught, is it not? I can’t even begin to see the light at the end of it or which way to be on it.

    • October 26, 2011 at 5:48 am

      It’s a minefield for ordinary people., and a goldmine for the legal profession…

  2. David
    October 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    You know, once upon a time I would have given a fcuk about this – now I don’t give a monkey’s.

    This kind of divisive politics – women v men v gays v Christians v Muslims v vegetarians v children (add your own preference of ‘minority’) – is evil and destructive and has done more to tear apart ‘cohesion’ than anything else. Not that cohesion was the goal anyway – that’s just doublespeak for divide and rule.

  3. Maaarrghk!
    October 26, 2011 at 6:07 am

    People going to court without representation?

    That’ll be the family court then. The one where social workers get to steal kids on the flimsiest of dreamt up excuses without fear of any proper form of cross examination taking place.

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