The country's top judge has warned that cuts to legal aid are undermining the rule of law, and people's belief in government and "the whole democratic system." Speaking for the first time since taking up post, on the BBC's Law in Action, due to be broadcast this afternoon, Lord Neuberger said:
Rich people can always afford legal advice and representation but unless you have access to legal advice for poorer people, you have not got the rule of law. We are at risk of denying access to justice, and that damages the rule of law.
Lord Neuberger’s comments come as cuts to the £2 billion legal aid come into affect next month.
The government hopes to save £400 million by removing legal aid from most civil cases, such as debt, welfare, family disputes and some housing.
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