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Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (5 Jun 2018)

Richard Burgon: The Government’s cuts in legal aid have caused widespread damage to access to justice. The Information Commissioner has now taken serious action against the Ministry of Justice, owing to its refusal to publish in full the findings of its own research, which reveal judges’ deep concerns about the damage that is being caused. Would not the Government have spent their time better in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (5 Jun 2018)

Richard Burgon: The truth is that our legal aid and wider justice system is in crisis—a crisis created by this Government’s reckless cuts agenda—and the Government seem to be trying to bury the truth about the legal aid crisis. The research I referred to that was hidden away said that the judges “believe unrepresented defendant numbers have increased and this is disproportionately...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Youth Justice System (5 Jun 2018)

Richard Burgon: Youth offending teams have a crucial role to play in preventing our young people from becoming offenders or victims of crime, but the Ministry of Justice has halved the funding for those teams since 2010. We have now found out that they are facing another real-terms cut this year, despite the spate of knife and gun attacks. Does the Minister believe that the Government’s cuts to youth...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. We are having this debate for one reason only, namely the tireless campaigning by the bereaved families and the survivors, and the overwhelming public support they attracted as a result. The e-petition, signed by over 150,000 people, forced this debate, and we should be clear that it forced the Prime Minister’s welcome shift...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: I beg to move, That the Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (S.I., 2018, No. 220), dated 20 February 2018, a copy of which was laid before this House on 23 February, be revoked. The gravest consequences for anyone accused of a serious crime in our criminal justice system is that their liberty is taken away from them. When that is at stake, no one should be left...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: Well, this is not the CBA’s scheme and it does have serious concerns about aspects of this provision. Tonight is an opportunity for the Government to think again and make some sensible concessions on the most controversial aspects. If everyone was happy with the measures, the criminal barristers would not have voted by 90% to take strike action. We have a responsibility to contribute to...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: I will not be taking this opportunity to condemn our barristers because I do not condemn our barristers. The hon. Gentleman may wish to ask whether we support the action. Yes, we support it. We deeply regret the fact that the Government have pushed the barristers into this position. We want the Government to take this opportunity to think again and listen to people who have been backed into a...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: My hon. Friend makes an important point eloquently. For many of the barristers I have spoken to, this really is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Before I touch on the precise concerns that have been raised about the new scheme, I will briefly look at the wider context that has caused this issue to be so controversial. As I have said, in many ways this issue is the straw that broke...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: Things have moved on since the 2010 general election. Since 2010, the budget of the Ministry of Justice has fallen by 40% in the deepest cuts of any Department. A further £600 million—around 10% of the MOJ’s budget—is to be cut in the next two years. It is a system that has already been cut to the bone. The crisis in our prisons is driven by staff and budget cuts, as...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: If people do not have access to justice—access to legal representation—and are not equal before the law, then basically some of our hard-won rights are not worth the paper they are written on. My hon. Friend makes a very good point. As I said, in civil cases, when people cannot access legal aid, the consequences are grave. To illustrate that idea, let us look at what has happened...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: I do agree. My hon. Friend makes a powerful point from his constituent’s experience. That is why I have been forced to bring this motion before the House to revoke the statutory instrument.

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: I will make some progress if that is okay. The crisis in legal aid goes much wider than the civil sector, with criminal cases affected too. As I said, that has the gravest of consequences. We now have more people representing themselves, even in the most serious of criminal cases—those tried at the Crown court. I want to draw the House’s attention to Ministry of Justice research...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: It is not the Criminal Bar Association’s scheme. The CBA has serious concerns about the controversial aspects of the scheme. If the scheme were fine, 90% of criminal barristers would not have voted to take this action. It is clear that something has gone wrong and that the Government have backed these barristers into a corner rather than forging the consensus we need. The...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point. We cannot tolerate a situation where either the guilty walk free or the innocent go to prison. The scheme fails to recognise the growing work required to deal with the increasing amount of evidential and unused material. Advocates are expected to consider that material without specific payments, however much additional material is served. That is...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: My hon. Friend makes an important point. We are running the risk, with the path we have been taking in recent years in the justice sector, of the death knell being sounded on social mobility in the legal professions. These changes also threaten the insufficient but none the less hard-won progress made on diversity and, as my hon. Friend says, social mobility. That has profound consequences,...

Business of the House (Today): Criminal Legal Aid (8 May 2018)

Richard Burgon: That is a very important point. The whole swathe of court closures that have occurred have really done damage to the principle of justice accessible to all and delivered locally, so that point is very important. The Law Society has issued judicial review proceedings against the Government in relation to further cuts to solicitors’ fees for Crown court work, and that crisis is not one...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Court Closures (24 Apr 2018)

Richard Burgon: Thousands of key court staff were axed, but the Government are now spending tens of millions of pounds more on contracting agency staff. More than 100 courts were sold off, each raising not much more than the average house price. Now the Secretary of State has appointed someone with a slash-and-burn record as the new chair of the HMCTS board, telling the press that Tim Parker’s...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2018)

Richard Burgon: The Windrush scandal is one of the cruellest examples of unaccountable state power targeting the vulnerable, defenceless and innocent that I can remember. Senior figures describe our immigration law as complex and unintelligible to everyone but working specialists, so I was disappointed to hear the Home Secretary say yesterday that people affected by the Windrush scandal will have “no...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2018)

Richard Burgon: The Government’s reckless approach to our justice system means that criminal barristers have now been forced into co-ordinated action and are refusing to take up legal aid work due to changes to the advocates’ graduated fee scheme. Against all convention, the Government have denied parliamentary time to debate that properly. The Criminal Bar Association made a formal request that...

Windrush: Points of Order (23 Apr 2018)

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