Legal Aid cuts slammed as “shaming” by senior judge

Impact of £350m cuts in Legal Aid budget hits family courts hardest.

Senior judge slams impact of Legal Aid cuts

Reduction of over £350m in the Legal Aid budget has ended the right to legal representation for many litigants, with family courts hit hardest.

“One of the most senior family court judges has warned about the impact of legal aid cuts and said it was ‘shaming’ to preside over cases in which individuals are forced to represent themselves.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark his retirement, Mr Justice Bodey explained how he sometimes had to help litigants in person by cross-examining witnesses on their behalf.”

Read more in The Guardian online:

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/oct/13/senior-judge-warns-over-shaming-impact-of-legal-aid-cuts