Why we must save legal aid – 100 testimonials

The Detention Forum is very pleased to support the work of the Justice Alliance, an alliance of legal organisations, charities, community groups, grass roots and other campaigning groups, trade unions and individuals who are united in our opposition to the government’s proposed attack on legal aid and the criminal justice system.

The Justice Alliance has recently submitted over 100 testimonials to Simon Hughes MP in advance of his meeting with Nick Clegg, Tom Brake and Lord McNally to discuss changes to legal aid.

The Testimonials represent a cross-section of society from The Howard League for Penal Reform, Liberty, Reprieve, Justice, to the British Tamil Forum, Kurdish Community Centre, René Cassin, Unite the Union, The Children’s Society and Women Against Rape. 

The Detention Forum’s testimonial said:

‘Every day, the UK detains thousands of migrants indefinitely in detention centres and prisons. They are incarcerated for the administrative convenience of the state.  Many are highly vulnerable. The residence test will deny them access to legal advice and representation when they want to challenge abuses by the state.  Justice that is only available for some is no justice at all.  The residence test must be dropped if we are to protect the rule of law in this country. ‘

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