Wednesday 2 February 2011

Protecting Scotland's vulnerable citizens: Access to Justice Committee Discussion Paper

The Law Society of Scotland's Access to Justice Committtee (AJC) has published a radical Discussion Paper (DP) suggesting that the Scottish Government's 8.2% legal aid cut could be achieved by tax efficient regulatory restructuring.  The DP also calls for the redeployment of PDSO resources to fund victim support and other unmet civil legal need services.

The Convenor of the Law Society's Access to Justice Committee, GLC's Mike Dailly, said: ' We believe the priority must be to protect Scotland's vulnerable and low income citizens from the worst consequences of unprecedented welfare benefit and public funding cuts. This cannot be done in the current economic climate without innovative regulatory and structural reform of our existing legal aid system".

The Acccess to Justice Committee's Discussion Paper can be read here.

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