DAILY POST COMMENT: Criminal Law Crisis Puts Justice in Peril

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DAILY POST COMMENT: Criminal Law Crisis Puts Justice in Peril


TODAY'S stark warning from the Liverpool Law Society, that new criminal lawyers could disappear from the city in five years, is grave news for our justice system. The looming crisis is one that has been created through the best of intentions. The UK legal system was ripe for exploitation for many years,and there were some unscrupulous solicitors who undoubtedly took full advantage of it,milking the legal aid system and lining their own pockets at the expense of taxpayers.

Every criminal client represented an excuse for seemingly endless court adjournments,each one providing an opportunity to fatten the legal aid bill.

Today,all that has changed. The courts system has been str eamlined, with cases being hurried through far more efficiently, and the legal aid system has been tightened up to cut down on opportunities for misuse.

However, the danger inherent in a clamp down is inevitably that it can prove to be too string ent. It appears that we have now reached such a position with regard to the criminal law system. Lawyers complain that they face a huge bur den of bur eaucracy, with financial rewards paltry by comparison with the massive earnings potential of civil and commercial law. …

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