Access to Justice

Fighting on all fronts, poorest women hit by legal aid cuts in family courts

As a woman, there are things you take for granted when you live in a country where equality laws were passed generations ago: the right to work, the right to autonomy over your relationships, the responsibility to protect yourself and your children from abuse. As the next general election approaches, reading the political press, you might assume that politicians want to build on these rights; and in particular, that domestic abuse is a shared ‘number one’ priority.

Holborn Towers. Photo by Jonė Reed

Losing legal aid

Many of the biggest challenges to austerity have come via the law. Time and again ordinary people have teamed up with lawyers where they feel some aspect of the government’s reforms will cause serious social injustice.

A volcano of need

Perhaps, if the UK as a nation becomes more prosperous, and there are better-paid jobs, that are available to people across the country from…

Two Tales from the Tribunal

On entering the court buildings, visitors must pass through security checks, including a body scan, before scaling a steep flight of stairs that leads to an atrium. The atrium is full of people: standing, perching on hard plastic seats and otherwise milling about. Many of them are awaiting trials for criminal cases. The atmosphere, if not exactly threatening, is certainly intimidating.