Justice must be on the agenda of the new Prime Minister

The justice system must be a key priority for new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the Law Society of England and Wales has said as the new administration enters No 10.

“Our justice system is beset by backlogs and plagued by delays, causing anger and anguish to all who use our courts. Our crumbling judicial estate is a visual reminder of the damage wrought by years of underfunding. chronicle,” said Law Society President Lubna Shuja.

“We are calling on the new Prime Minister to fix our chronically underfunded justice system and commit to implementing the full 15% increase in the criminal legal aid rate, which was the minimum recommended by Lord Bellamy.

“The civil legal aid review – which has been on hiatus since 2018 – must be launched urgently to ensure rapid access to justice for all.

“Lawyers are feeling the pressure of the rising cost of doing business. The new Prime Minister must take action to ensure that our professional services sector can not only survive, but prosper and stimulate the growth of our economy.

“Only an investment in the whole system will repair the damage. It is essential that Sunak’s government, at the bare minimum, maintain justice spending and fill the funding gap that is crushing the system.

“We also urge the UK government to uphold the rule of law. A new review of the Bill of Rights Bill is needed.

“The Bill represents a rollback for British justice and would weaken the British public through the weakening of individual rights and divergence from our international human rights obligations.

“An early commitment by the Sunak administration to scrap the bill once and for all and revisit the recommendations made by the Independent Human Rights Act Review would be the first step to achieving this goal.

“I look forward to working with Rishi Sunak’s government to advance the interests of the legal profession and fight for greater access to justice for all.”

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