Resolution submits evidence to Bach Commission on Access to Justice

News Release

04 May 2016

Resolution has recently submitted evidence to the Bach Commission on Access to Justice as part of our continued campaigning work on legal aid in the aftermath of LASPO.

Our submission provides an overview of the impact of the cuts to legal aid on separating families, and on vulnerable people in particular.

It also provides a series of short- and long-term recommendations for reforms which could be made by current and future governments in order to improve access to justice for people facing separation and divorce.

The submission includes a number of measures which could be taken relatively quickly to improve the current state of family legal aid, including:

  • Raising awareness of the availability of legal aid among those who remain eligible
  • Widening the private family law gateway to ensure those who need and are eligible for legal aid are able to receive it
  • Careful monitoring of the numbers of litigants in person, particularly those being cross-examined by alleged perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • Urgent resolution of persistent problems with CCMS

Resolution also outlined a number of practical and positive longer-term measured which would improve access to justice, such as:

The full submission can be read here.