Access to Justice in the English Legal System Introduction Access to justice is an important facet of any legal system. The state has a responsibility to promote and ensure that its citizens have access to justice. This mandate is premised on the need to protect human rights and freedoms and ensure that every citizen may enforce their legal rights and that legal obligations are adhered to. This paper discusses access to justice in the English Legal system. It seeks to discuss on the approach of access to justice within the English system in the recent years. This is based on the global debate on the move by the English system in enforcing legal aid cuts that is viewed as a move that curtails access to justice. It looks at whether there is true access to justice. The paper commences by analysing the concept of access to justice. This is aid fund through creation of policies and frameworks that eradicate beauracracy in granting of legal aid . Bibliography The Bach Commission on Access to Justice (2016). The Crisis in the Justice System in England and Wales. Interim Report www.fabians.org.uk Law Dictionary . Featuring Black’s Law Dictionary Free Online Legal Dictionary 2nd Edition. thelawdictionary.org Programming for Justice: A Practitioner’s Guide to a Human Rights-Based Approach to Access to Justice 2005 5. Note that for this consultancy we will look at criminal civil administrative and informal justice mechanisms. UN Common Approach to Justice for Children March 2008 R (Daly) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  2 AC 532 Legal Aid Act 1988 1988 CHAPTER 34 Howard (2014). Legal Aid in England and Wales: What is changing? On 9 April 2013 the Ministry of Justice launched a consultation Transforming legal aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system Available at https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/transforming-legal-aid/ [...]
Maximum word limit: 1,500 Overall Guidance -You should use legal authorities (especially cases and legislation) to support your answers throughout. -You are expected to keep to the word limit. - your answer does not need to be referenced using the OSCOLA system of referencing. However, you should still be referring to legal authorities and the work of academics in your answer for example. -You should write your answer in full sentences. Use language clearly and precisely to allow the examiner to easily understand your legal analysis. Submission -If you are typing your answer, include a word count in your answer. -If you are typing your answer, use size 11 Arial or Times New Roman font Instructions You work as a volunteer at the Access to Justice Foundation which is a charity that aims to help provide practical access to justice for those unable to afford help (www.atjf.org.uk Your manager Mrs Black has asked you to conduct research into whether there is true access to justice in the English Legal System. She is taking part in a local debate on the recent cuts in legal aid and has asked you to present her with an ‘executive summary’ of your findings in no more than 1,500 words. Mrs Black has told you the executive summary should include the following information: 1. An explanation of what access to justice is and why it matters. 2. A discussion about whether in recent years, access to justice has been greatly compromised by the legal aid cuts. 3. Evidence from a variety of sources to support your points. In the past Mrs Black has provided you with guidance on what academic articles to include but is now confident in your ability to use legal databases to find relevant information yourself. 4. A clear, justified conclusion on whether there is true access to justice in the English Legal System. A strong executive summary will therefore follow the principles of writing a strong essay, with a: -clear introduction- that summarises the argument that will be made; -main body- that convinces the reader that your argument is the most persuasive one and that others arguments are less persuasive by analysing the law with reference to relevant legal principles (statutes and/or cases) and the work of others; and -conclusion- which summarises the main points made.