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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…

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