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Cuts to Legal aid present serious threat to democratic protections.

James Welch, Legal Director for Liberty

James Welch, Legal Director for Liberty, said:

 “The savage attacks on our proud traditions of open, equal justice keep on coming. These proposals will eviscerate the legal aid scheme.... The unprincipled residency test for civil legal aid will create an underclass uniquely vulnerable to neglect and abuse. Squeezing out decent criminal practitioners will drive down standards and inevitably lead to miscarriages of justice. Meanwhile the Government protects itself from effective challenge by restricting legal aid for judicial review.”  

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