Gemma looks back on 64 years of Legal Aid
Today, 30th July 2013, marks 64 years of Legal Aid. We will Rally for Justice this afternoon, and here’s why:
Legal Aid gives everyone access to justice, which provides a vital safety net and makes our society a civilised one. In a democratic society, we all have a right to access justice and a right to a fair trial. Without legal aid, some are unable to resolve their legal problems.
The turning point was 64 years ago with the Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949.
Sometimes a legal aid funded case can:
– change the law;
– transform public opinion;
– influence government policy; and
– directly affect society.
Legal aid funds advice, help and representation to help people with their legal problems, such as:
– Actions against the police
– Clinical negligence
– Domestic abuse
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