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Justice Denied: Impacts of the government’s reforms to legal aid and court services on access to justice

The government’s reforms to legal aid and court services have had a devastating impact on access to justice. Women’s access to justice has been particularly affected and the government’s reforms have put women and children at risk of domestic violence at

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Take action: Defend local access to justice

Access to local justice is at the heart of our justice system. But the government’s relentless cuts and reforms are a threat to access to justice. The Government has announced plans to close 86 more courts and tribunals in England and Wales.

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“Our system of justice has become unaffordable to most” says UK’s most senior judge,

Speak up for Justice, together with other justice campaigners, have argued that the government’s cuts and reforms to the system have had a detrimental impact on access to justice. The Lord Chief Justice, in his latest report has stated that: Our

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Government’s new police funding formula flawed

The Home Office’s new funding formula for policing has been described as “fundamentally flawed” by Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy. The formula was supposed to address the ‘complex and opaque’ way in which central government funding is allocated to different

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Selling off police services in an age of austerity

On 4 November three police forces, Leicester, Nottinghamshire and Northants, announced they are considering outsourcing their control room and have asked multinational G4S to carry out a feasibility study to see what they can offer – this will include dealing with 999

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Court fees put justice beyond reach of majority, says Lord Chief Justice

The government has made much of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, while cutting, reforming and marketising justice services – at the expense of access to justice for all. In a highly critical speech, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of

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Sodexo plans redundancies in newly privatised probation services

Sodexo, the UK’s largest private probation operator, is planning to cut at least 700 posts in the next 12 months – even though there is already a staffing crisis in the probation service. The company which runs six of the

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Justice Not for Sale

‘Justice is not for sale’ was the message at this Speak Up for Justice fringe meeting at Labour Party Conference on 22 September. Speakers included Sadiq Khan MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor; Ian Lawrence,

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Speak Up for Justice TUC Congress Fringe Meeting

Written by David Tilley, PCS The harrowing impact of cuts and privatisation to the justice system were highlighted at a TUC Congress fringe meeting. The meeting on Monday evening, called as part of the TUC’s ‘Speak up for justice’ campaign

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Ministry of Justice allowed G4S & Serco to bid for contracts while under investigation for fraud

It emerged yesterday at a Public Accounts Committee hearing that the Ministry of Justice continued to allow G4S and Serco to bid for new contracts whilst under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud. Both companies have paid

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Justice is under attack

The government is fragmenting the justice system, privatising policing, probation and prison services, closing courts, slashing the legal aid budget and making drastic cuts to funding. This will undermine the system, reduce access to justice and put public safety at risk.

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The attack on justice: Slideshow
View our animated presentation - The Attack on Justice: Voices from the front line.