Access to Justice

As part of Justice Week 2022, the Bar Council is launching the Access to Justice dashboard, an interactive map showing local, regional, and constituency comparisons of key access to justice indicators in England and Wales, including:

  • active and closed courts
  • legal aid providers, and
  • legal aid barristers

Key stats from the dashboard #justicedata

  • Over the last 12 years there have been 239 court closures in England and Wales.
  • 43% of all courts have now been closed.
  • 373 parliamentary constituencies have no active local court. 200 parliamentary constituencies do have an active local court.
  • 155 local authority areas have no active local court. 178 local authorities do have an active local court.
  • 37 local authority areas and 40 parliamentary constituencies have a local law centre.
  • 296 local authority areas and 533 parliamentary constituencies have no local law centres within them.
  • There are 16,892 barristers in England and Wales. 4,116 are legal aid barristers (ie at least 50% of their fee income is from legal aid work).

Access to Justice dashboard

The Bar Council’s Access to Justice dashboard is an interactive map showing local, regional and constituency comparisons of key access to justice indicators in England and Wales, including active and closed courts, legal aid providers, and legal aid barristers.

New data reveals decline in access to justice

The Bar Council is calling for more funding for the justice system as it launches new data on access to justice in England and Wales.

Views from around the justice system

As part of Justice Week 2022 we asked key figures from within the justice system to write about different aspects of justice in England and Wales. Read and share our guest blogs, published here throughout Justice Week.

Advocate: Created by the Bar, Sustained by the Bar - Justice Week 2022

It’s never too early, or too late, to start volunteering for Advocate, says Rebecca Wilkie

  • 24 June 2022
  • Blog

The importance of free legal representation for people who can’t afford it - Justice Week 2020

FRU represents hundreds of people each year when there are tens of thousands of people who need help

  • 24 June 2022
  • Blog

The Bar Mock Trial Competition put Sophie Quinton-Carter on her career path to become a barrister - Justice Week 2022

‘Why do you want to be a criminal barrister?’ is the question every budding advocate dreads

  • 23 June 2022
  • Blog

The rule of law needs continuous investment and nurturing, says Bob Neill MP – Justice Week 2022

We should be grateful and proud of the UK’s eminent role over hundreds of years in furthering the cause of the law say the Chair of the Parliamentary Justice Committee.

  • 22 June 2022
  • Blog

The work of the Young Barristers’ Committee by Michael Harwood - Justice Week 2022

Michael Harwood, Vice Chair of the Young Barristers’ Committee, explains the Bar Council's work for the Young Bar

  • 21 June 2022
  • Blog

The work of the Bar Council by Malcolm Cree - Justice Week 2022

Malcolm Cree CBE, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bar Council, highlights what the organisation has achieved in the last two years.

  • 21 June 2022
  • Blog

Get involved

Justice Week is a great opportunity to share information, take part in discussions, and learn more about the justice system. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Get involved in the discussion online by sharing our news, guest blogs, and other posts using #JusticeWeek2022
  • Share our #justicedata social media graphics by following us on Twitter (#justicedata), Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram
  • Host a Justice Week event. Ideas include:
    • Host a debate or discussion within your community or school. Use the Access to Justice dashboard to look up your constituency, local authority, or region to find out about access to justice in your local area to kickstart the discussion. What does access to justice look like in your local area? How does it differ to neighbouring areas? Why does access to justice matter?
    • Organise a school or community group visit to a local court to see justice in action.
    • Take part in the Young Citizens The Big Legal Lesson – a national campaign providing set of free classroom resources to help young people learn about the law. Register for free on the Young Citizens website.