The Law Society Criminal Legal Aid Campaign – how you can help
In five years’ time, we may no longer have a criminal justice system worthy of the name:
- the number of criminal legal aid firms has almost halved in the last 15 years
- duty solicitors are increasingly scarce in some parts of the country
- only 4% of duty solicitors are under the age of 35
After 25 years of cuts, the government now has the opportunity to invest in our justice system and put it on a sustainable footing.
However, the government’s proposals for criminal legal aid for solicitors are 40% below what the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid identified as the bare minimum needed to start to address the crisis.
A crucial government consultation into its funding closes on 7th June, so time is running out fast.
The Law Society have created a series of videos on social media to explain exactly what is going on – and why it is so important lawyers get involved, no matter their area of specialty.
We’d really appreciate it if you could do two things:
- Click on the links belowand like each video post from your own account, then leave a (hopefully positive!) comment under the post, and finally share it from your account so your followers see it
- Forward the links by email to your contactsand ask them to do the same.
We really appreciate your help.
SOCIAL POSTS TO SHARE:
- Our intro film explaining the big trouble criminal justice is in:
- A short ‘day-in-the-life’ film of a duty solicitor fighting a losing battle as the system crumbles around her:
- A one-minute film from member Stephen Davies, explaining why no new blood is coming into the profession:
- A one-minute film from member Joe Mensah-Dankwah, explaining the impact the government’s proposals will have on ethnic minority communities, both in terms of access to justice and access to the legal profession: