Ken Clarke wants to cut "compensation culture", but many fear that the poor will be priced out of the room
right blunder legal judgment, and punishment of offenders bill contains a variety of proposals for changes in court procedures. It is in committee stage in the Commons. The main objective of the shock, according to Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is to cut back the "culture of compensation" encouraged by the previous Labour government.
What will the impact of cutting £ 350 000 000 a year on the bill for legal aid?
Activists fear that access to justice will be severely limited and something that only the rich can afford. Legal aid for most cases of divorce, child custody, clinical negligence, employment, immigration, housing, debt, benefits, and education will disappear.
Clarke maintains the system is the most expensive in the world and has expanded over since its introduction in 1949. He wants the candidates to avoid the cost of lawyers and use less costly methods of dispute resolution such as mediation.
What these stories "no win, no fee agreements"
The Department of Justice estimates that conditional fee agreements (CFA), as known, encourage providers to continue too easily, without thinking too much about the costs incurred. The bill prevents the plaintiffs to recover their expensive insurance premiums and legal fees of defendants successfully lose. However, fees must be paid from any final award of damages.
resist change, as the Bar Association, which represents lawyers, saying that it will be very interesting for lawyers to take cases and stop the disadvantaged to seek redress through the courts.