We spend £38 each on Legal Aid every year. The French spend £3 each. Having lived and worked in both countries, I have preference for either system, so I’d like my 40 times £35 back, invested annually from the start.
95% of us will not get Legal Aid, or even be able to sue over matters we consider invidious. We will be able to engage lawyers for divorce if there’s some capital, and they will get this. The Legal Aid bureaucrats will do pretty much anything to stop you getting any help, and even invent income you don’t have.
Lawyers generally won’t do anything except for money – they are private sector restricted practices after all. Judges could come from a cross-section of most society, but don’t. They are very expensive.
We need changes in our structures to get rid of all this kind of over-spend. We have much greater problems at this kind of level than with any benefits culture and the two areas of middle class sinecure and dole-blodging have much in common.
We need to attack this kind of abuse of everyone else by such elites as lawyers. Most law can be done without them and access to them could be via a CAB-style organisation, and by lot where needed for court. The rich would have to give up their privilege of hiring the best, and the evil poor their privilege of beating victims up with them too. Much could be done with proper mediation and Ombudsmen services totally unlike the shite currently on offer.
The idea of collapsing our bloated Legal Aid system would be better and fairer representation.