Legal aid disaster

Grayling’s assault on legal aid was always unpleasant, but it’s increasingly looking incompetent as well. Yesterday, a senior judge in the family division ruled that the court service should be for legal advice if no legal aid is available. In today’s Guarian the chair of the Criminal Law solicitors Association says that government reforms to legal aid have actually cost more money, as judges spend time helping unrepresented litigants and the whole process is delayed. He concludes: “the profession has always accepted that reform is necessary and provided alternative proposals to not only save money , but simultaneously preserve access to justice and equality before the law. Now is the time for the Ministry of Justice to come to the table and listen.”

Seems logical to me, but don’t hold your breath.