Should McKenzie Friends be more questionable and less trustworthy than solicitors, barristers and judges?
Especially when they work pro bono as we do?
It’s all about money, isn’t it: for he who pays the piper plays the tune! Does the legal profession care whether money in circulation adheres to the Bank of England Act 1694? Do they understand what is dishonest with our money system? Would a book on Capitalism and Morality make a difference?
Legal professionals are paid by Legal Aid or from private wealth. Whether they do or don’t achieve ‘justice’ seems to be a question of which barrister is better at the ping pong that judges observe before them.
I’m told that judgments are written before hearings and that barristers and judges agree them between each other.
It’s a game of nit-picking, without any holistic or systemic approach. It’s an opportunity for abusing power and position. It’s an invitation to commit fraud and malfeasance in public office. Continue reading
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!