Criminal justice – fix the broken system
Due to many years of underinvestment, our criminal justice system is crumbling.
Things are going wrong at every level and every stage. It’s become a nightmare journey through the system for the accused, for victims and for solicitors alike.
The Law Society is calling on the government to urgently increase investment in the system.
Legal aid deserts
Provision of legal aid advice for housing is disappearing in large areas of England and Wales, creating legal aid deserts.
New data analysed by the Law Society shows that over half of all local authorities in England and Wales have no provision for housing legal aid services.
The Law Society has been campaigning since 2017 for the government to bring back legal aid for early advice.
The campaign received support across all the major parties and hundreds of Law Society members wrote to the government calling for urgent action.
The government has now committed to introduce a pilot for an area of housing law – the Law Society is continuing to work with the government to help ensure this leads to concrete changes to legal aid provision.
The Junior Lawyers Division is keen to support the Law Society’s access to justice campaigns.
We encourage junior lawyers to: