July 6, 2013
McKenzie Friends, Ministry of Justice, Rule of Law, Rule of Money, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Golden Rule, Judicial College, Justice ministry, Law, Legal aid, McKenzie Friend, Working Group
This 55-page report was sent by Jeff Lampert of Help4LiPs.
Constituted by the Master of the Rolls, the Working Group was formed in December 2012 following the expected rise in the number of litigants in person (LiPs) after the Legal Aid reforms in April 2013.
The contents covers:
- Overview and executive summary
- Issues that arise when dealing with LiPs
- Training and guidance for the judiciary
- The rules
- McKenzie Friends and other lay assistants
- Vexatious litigants
- Conclusions and summary of recommendations
As always in these kinds of documents, the intentions are good and honourable:-
- Access to justice is the constitutional right of every citizen.
- The importance of a positive approach to litigants in person.
The question is: how will this ‘positive approach’ be implemented?
- It’s like with the Law. It doesn’t need changing. It just needs to be followed! More
November 10, 2012
Government, Mainstream Media
Anarchy Reigns, BBC, BT Group, Cooperative, Crime, Government, Internet Media, Ireland, Irish Daily Mail, Irish Mail, Jimmy Savile, Legal aid, Mainstream Media, News, Public services, Rule of law, Schutzstaffel, Syndrome, white collar crime
There are still enough honest people around who just get on with their lives. That’s why ‘anarchy’ [the absence of law] is only visible to those who have become victims of white collar crimes and who have decided to fight rather than adopt the victim position they are expected to adopt.
But the levels of criminality are deep. Here are just two recent examples that arrived in my inbox:
Page 68 of the Irish Mail on Sunday of 21 October 2012 contains this article about how bad it is and has been in Ireland! And yet, Ian Josephs has been recommending Ireland as the country to flee to when pregnant ladies need to escape the SS in the UK…
When a haulage company, the Co-op and BT choose to provide legal services that must mean:
- current legal services are inadequate – as experienced by many victims
- corporations rule the world, i.e. they ‘compete’ with publicly funded governmental services.
The question is whether it’s desirable
September 15, 2011
Advocacy, Campaigning, David Cameron, Government, Kenneth Clarke, Law, Legal aid, Liberal Democrats, Lord McNally, Member of Parliament, Services, Tom McNally Baron McNally
Rather amazing that Lord McNally thinks legal services are worth promoting abroad – in a Plan for Growth. Meanwhile, local users have had reasons for publications such as
August 28, 2011
Advocacy, Campaigning, Law, Lawsuit, Legal aid, Member of Parliament, Ministry of Justice, Rule of law
With his judgment in May 2011, Lord Justice Laws has made “an important victory for the rule of law”:
”For the State to inhibit litigation by the denial of legal aid because the court’s judgment might be unwelcome or apparently damaging would constitute an attempt to influence the incidence of judicial decisions in the interests of government … frankly inimical to the rule of law.”
Let’s hope we can step in the footsteps of this definition of ‘public interest’:
no personal benefit from the litigation.
This is certainly true in all the child snatching cases that I have been publishing…
May 14, 2011
Justice, Justice ministry, Law, Legal aid, Public interest, Public Interest, Rule of law, Spending Cuts, The Guardian, The Rule of Law
Now I know what “Public Interest” stands for: no personal benefits from the result of a litigation!
Just for the sake of justice, peace, absence of trauma, violence and cruelty.
I learned it from this Guardian article of 12 May 2011: Torture legal aid case is a triumph of the rule of law.
Unfortunately, my account has been disabled from commenting, without being told why!…
October 21, 2010
Criminal justice, Criminal law, Crown Prosecution Service, IVAN LAWRENCE, Justice, Law, Legal aid, The Rule of Law
Monday October 18 2010 THE TIMES
Decline in access to criminal justice
Sir, Robin de Wilde’s concern about cuts affecting civil legal aid (letter, Oct 15) only covers part of a very serious problem. Legal aid funding has been slashed so that whole counties no longer have solicitors outside the cities taking criminal cases; franchises for criminal legal aid work will be reduced from hundreds to tens in large areas; and the poorest and most vulnerable citizens in more areas will have to travel farther to fewer magistrates courts to seek or receive justice. Is not access to criminal justice being hacked away?