Writing as a criminal lawyer, I focus on some of the analogies between the changes to legal aid and access to justice more generally across the fields of family law, criminal law and immigration law, before moving on to make a few remarks on the overall implications for the idea of justice as a public value, and for the idea of access to justice as a dimension of public services and an aspect of compliance with the rule of law.
The full version of this article appears in the May 2014 Special Issue of Family Law.
The Special Issue contains papers from the recent Family Justice Council Interdisciplinary Conference - Family Justice Redefined? The Conference considered the changing nature of family justice following reforms, both those already in place and those that are anticipated, as well as access to justice in particular, making the Special Issue essential reading in the face of the forthcoming changes.
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