DEEP cuts to legal aid have reduced publicly funded justice to “carnage,” a senior barrister said yesterday.
Andrew Langdon QC, chairman of the Bar Council which represents barristers in England and Wales, says repairs to the system are needed after cuts of more than 40 per cent were made over four years.
Lawyers are “losing patience” over the situation that affects their earnings and the lives of those who may not be able to afford legal fees and representation, he wrote in legal magazine Counsel.
He pointed out that April will mark the fourth anniversary of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, a measure which removed legal aid from many sections of our community.
He added: “No other sector of public funding has come close to suffering that sort of carnage.
“Practitioners are losing patience. This is not hyperbole. Any responsible and knowledgeable commentator will tell you that the wheels are in urgent need of repair.”