Justice in the Modern Age

We are taught that Justice is blind, often depicted as blindfolded. The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice is or should be dispensed objectively, without fear or favour, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness; blind justice and impartiality.

So much for the theory. Now justice is blind (or at the least has acquired tunnel vision) as government policy continues to ensure that the poor and vulnerable do not have the protection of Law that ensures a balanced and fair society. They will not be able to obtain legal aid and they certainly will not be able to take proceedings for themselves as effectively as they could with good legal assistance. England & Wales used to have a Justice system that ensured that everybody had the opportunity to enforce their civil rights and to be properly and professionally represented if facing a criminal investigation or proceedings.

The reduction in access to Justice for the poor began under previous governments.  The inability of the poor and vulnerable to find an effective voice has meant that Government has accelerated the move towards fully removing access to Justice from the poor and vulnerable which means they cannot exercise their legal rights. This allows government to save monies that can then be used to pay for the mistakes of the rich.