Guardian article on (in)access to justice

 

Anna Barry

From Anna Barry:

With the swingeing cuts to the legal aid system, more and more people are finding their access to justice has been cut off by impossibly high legal costs.   Mediation is gaining ground as the “go to” Alternative Dispute Resolution solution because it is quick, affordable, effective, yet non-confrontational.   What needs publicising more is that everyone can have direct access to mediation without having to go through a solicitor, and also that solicitors should be recommending people try mediation at an early stage in any dispute.  Judges take a dim view of parties who come to court having refused to try mediation and usually penalise them, whether they win or lose, when awarding costs. See the full Guardian article here:

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/jul/15/legal-advice-centres-in-england-and-wales-halved-since-2013-14