I find the UK’s legal system one of the most fair and mobilized legal system in the entire of Europe, and maybe even the world. Because of the UK legal system’s efficiency, a “compensation culture” is undeniable in the country. However, when Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced legal aid cuts, many people protested against it.
People said the legal aid cut propositions were a reduction to the UK’s quality of justice. Barristers and solicitors threatened to go on strike because of the reductions as people continued to campaign against the aid cuts. But will it be so bad?
According to news and media sources, around £3000 is spent for legal aid funding in the UK than in other parts of Europe. British and Irish judges are also the highest-paid in the European continent alone as they receive seven times the average work pay. The total annual budget in England, Wales, Scotland and North Ireland is at a record high with £15 billion.
I am, like all protesters, concerned with the miscarriages that could happen with the legal aid cuts. Even with UK’s current legal system standing, many sentences did not make sense and many processes were quite slow.
According to sources, England and Wales will still have £1.5 billion pounds to spare yearly for legal advice alone. Authorities said that the changes brought by legal aid reduction will not affect a fair trial or will it destroy the UK’s criminal justice system.
Both sides have their point and somewhat, a five-times-against-Europe funded legal system reduced a bit can still deliver good justice. I don’t find the legal aid protests compelling. The money for legal aid isn’t spent for producing evidences to help cases. If a case is true and has enough evidence, then no amount of legal aid can make it wrong.