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.