The future of Legal Aid and Litigants in Person: can we Safeguard Access to Justice? was an excellent event chaired by Joshua Rozenberg and organised by the Halsbury Law Exchange last night 22.09.2016.
One of the four panellists was Steve Hynes, the author of “Austerity Justice”.
In the morning I was cheered up with “Go on, Love”, as my walking sticks took me to the tube.
“Carry on, Soldier”, I thought when I spoke with a retired Crown Prosecutor who used to work with Austin Mitchell MP on the Campaign for a National Legal Service (CNLS). On behalf of the Forum for Stable Currencies, Austin had submitted Early Day Motions to ensure Public Credit for Public Purposes from 2001 to 2011.
On the legal issue of the supposed ‘neutrality’ and ‘independence’ of the Judiciary:
- who decides on its budget?
- who finances court buildings, judges, court staff, prisons?
- the money does not seem to come out of Governments budgets – but last night everybody seemed to assume that Government is responsible for the quality of the ‘justice system’.
On the financial power to control, maybe we need to go back to the Enforcement of the Bank of England Act 1694:
- it made trading ‘financial products’ punishable – at three times the value of the trade!