The President of the Supreme Court called for donations to a legal charity during a recent appearance on BBC Radio 4.
Delivering the station’s weekly Appeal programme, Lady Hale gave her endorsement to the Personal Support Unit, which provides assistance to people facing complex family and civil court proceedings without legal representation.
As President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale is the most senior judge in the country. She told listeners:
“I know how intimidating the civil and family courts can be for people without legal knowledge or help. Everyone deserves access to justice whether or not they can afford a lawyer.”
The number of people eligible for legal aid has fallen by 80 per cent in recent years, thanks to sharp government funding cuts which amount to around £950 million since 2012.
For those who cannot afford legal services, here at Cambridge Family Law Practice we provide useful blogs on what to expect – you can read information on procedure for children disputes here, information all about CAFCASS here, what to do if you are attending Court on your own here, and for financial proceedings you can find guidance here: disclosure, the first appointment, the FDR, and the final hearing.
If you need further guidance, please feel free to contact us on 01223 443333.