“Rights” is a campaign to expose the wholesale undermining of our legal rights. Without the funding in place to guarantee Access to Justice, millions will be and have been rendered voiceless.
“Rights” believe that the ability to enforce the law and to defend oneself should not just be the preserve of the rich and powerful.
The shield of the people should not be taken from us. The powerful should not be free to oppress us. We should not fear arbitrary persecution.
Access to Justice is the means by which we achieve this.
They are your rights, it’s your life, your future.
Your Access to Justice has been Taken!
The Government have launched a three pronged approach to removing access to the justice system for all but the wealthiest.
Legal Aid is a Government fund to pay the legal representation fees for those otherwise unable to afford it. Since 2013 what was left of Legal Aid has been removed completely from many areas of law and savagely cut in the few areas it remains available.
Court fees have risen astronomically (in some cases by over 500%) preventing legitimate claims where fees exceed the money lost or just cannot be raised in the first place. Even where people can pay these fees, the closure of local courts mean the cost and time of traveling to courts becomes too much. For many people “Access to Justice” no longer exists.
Finally administrative changes and cuts to resources have made the justice system slow and unworkable. The result is that the costs are pushed onto those who can ill afford to bear them.
These changes have meant that people cannot obtain help from a lawyer or bring their case to Court. Issues are therefore not dealt with at an early stage and the lack of advice and guidance prevents bad situations from becoming worse.
Your access to justice is a right that has been taken from you. Without this, all your other rights are meaningless.