One Million Victims Fail to Get Justice under Legal Aid System
Robert Verkaik Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)
ONE MILLION victims of domestic violence, police mistreatment or doctors' negligence suffer in silence because they are too scared to ask for help or believe they don't qualify for legal assistance, according to the largest research project into access to justice in England and Wales.
The findings show that a large section of society feels excluded from the legal system, undermining the Government's promise to open the courts to more people.
The survey, by the Legal Services Commission, found nearly 20 per cent of people interviewed who had a serious legal problem also said they had taken "no action" to solve it. In cases of domestic violence, mental health, …
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Publication information: Article title: One Million Victims Fail to Get Justice under Legal Aid System. Contributors: Robert Verkaik Legal Affairs Correspondent - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: September 29, 2003. Page number: 2. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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