The Case for Justice - Party Conference Briefing 2017

26 September 2017 (PDF, 3 MB)

24 September 2017

Starting in Brighton this week, the Chair of the Bar Andrew Langdon QC and Chair-Elect Andrew Walker QC are attending the Labour and Conservative Party conferences.

Speaking at a number of fringe events and with meetings throughout both conferences, the Chair will be making the case for better funding for our system of justice, greater respect for the rule of law, and for court reforms that deliver on the promise of greater access and quality.

Read  'The Case for Justice', the Bar Council's 2017 Party Conference Briefing.

Andrew Langdon QC said: "Today, justice is too often treated as a costly commodity that must be rationed, or as a benefit or product for which its consumers must pay. This way of thinking has underwritten decades of cuts and fee increases that have left thousands of citizens without access to the legal help they need to exercise their rights. Political leaders must now champion investment in justice and develop a real vision of how to strive towards a society that is fair, stable and underpinned by the rule of law.

"It is no exaggeration to say that justice is undervalued and underfunded. Nor is it hyperbole to say that a healthy, democratic society needs a strong system of justice, and that the values on which ours is based have become fragile. The Bar has an obligation and a profound sense of duty to make sure that our legal system improves society and supports its citizens.

"We urge any who share that objective to help us as we make the case for justice.

"The Case for Justice outlines the steps we are urging politicians on all sides to take. They include: follow the rule of law as constitutional code, not as an abstract theory; safeguard the rights of citizens and the value of the legal services sector and provide certainty and clarity to business as we leave the EU; enhance the quality of public authority decision-making; and improve the quality of our courts and increase access to justice."

Notes to Editors 

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