Discuss the problems of publicly funded advice and representation in criminal cases.

The advantages of publicly funded advice and representation in criminal cases is well understood, but is the price too high and is there a different way to deal with it?

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This essay takes the opportunity to discuss a range of issues and problems associated with publicly funded advice and representation in criminal cases.

Included is the recent reintroduction of means testing in criminal cases, and the administration, potential delays and the costs involved.

The essay discusses the issue of whether it is right that the assistance should be 'demand led' in a time of austerity.

Will the requirement of a representation order for advice and assistance in the Magistrates' Court introduce delay and bureaucracy, or is this simply recognition of the times we live in?

The issue of funding public assistance is raised in the climate of cuts in public spending and the suggestion by the government that everyone should shoulder the pain of cut backs.

The essay finishes with a reminder of the present review announced by Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Minister and the consultation process which is being conducted at present.

 

 

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