Legal aid cuts: hindering access to justice and increasing the burden on judges
The Lord Chief Justice today expressed concerns that the number of litigants in person will increase further when legal aid cuts come into force next year. He is concerned that this will ‘undoubtedly increase the burden’ on judges, and will lead to confusion as the judge will have to help the litigant in most cases.
He added ‘Where there are two self-represented litigants life becomes very difficult indeed. Judges don’t know every part of the law and need help - having a list of cases like these undoubtedly slows the process.’
He acknowledged the number of litigants in person is already on the rise in civil courts across England and Wales. This will only increase when the legal aid cuts make it harder for Claimant's to fund their case. This will not only serve to place greater pressure on the courts but will result in Claimant's being denied the compensation they deserve.