A fair and just society requires fair access to justice – yet many people in England and Wales today struggle to exercise that right. This report blends key statistics and powerful testimony to show the scale of the challenges faced and describes the trends and issues that are most acute in our justice system today.

This is the third in a series of substantial reviews of the landscape around access to justice that the Bar Council has undertaken in the decade since the implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012.

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