Magazine
Latest Issue

Are we at risk of losing the right to a fair trial?

Austerity is bringing the justice system to its knees

By Selda Krasniqi  

A view of the Ministry of Justice in Westminster, London. Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Archive/PA Images

Cuts to public spending have been felt across a range of services, but the effects of austerity on the justice system have been particularly acute. Since 2010/11 spending by the Ministry of Justice has been cut in real terms by 40 per cent. This budget covers “prisons, probation and the legal system.” The reduction in legal aid in areas such as crime mean that the system has reached breaking point and this presents a real risk to access…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect