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Legal aid

Comment 15th July 2010

The use of Legal aid requires much tighter regulation and closer case-by-case scrutiny.

Why does this matter?

The current situation provides an open chequebook for speculative lawyers, which allows any case regardless of its chances of success to force innocent individuals into court, which they often cannot afford and therefore leads to out-of-court settlements due to the risk of expensive legal bills.

Also it is wrong that if a case supported by Legal Aid is lost where the other person is funding it privately, there is no recourse for costs to be awarded. This is not the case with the reverse situation.

 This is not a fair system and either favours the very wealthy who can afford expensive lawyers or the very poor who are supported by Legal Aid at no risk to themselves.

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