“Mr Grayling, when he took office, would have taken the Lord Chancellor’s oath in which he swore to “discharge my duty to ensure the provision of resources for the efficient and effective support of the courts for which I am responsible”. It is regrettable that, as this consultation makes clear, he has breached this oath.
Justice is not a commodity. A defendant in a criminal case, just because he is not as rich as an MP, is not to be “treated as just another fungible item to be shuffled along on a criminal-justice conveyor belt”. The MoJ has lost sight of the most important part of their function – to do right by all people, regardless of their ability to pay. A poor man is “more than another statistic in some inexorable, impersonal process … He is an individual clothed with … rights, such as the right to a fair trial and the right to the effective assistance of” a lawyer.
So starts my consultation response. You’ve got till midnight tonight (1st November 2013) to get your responses in. I’ve revised mine a bit to (try and) make it a bit more coherent, see here – Second Consultation Response for the full one. Steal, share, copy etc anything you find useful.
For higher quality responses to cobble yours from:
- Gemma Blythe
- Mark George QC
- Mark Harries
- Phillip Kazantzis
- Charli Kimmis
- Matthew Scott
- Gareth Underhill
If you’ve done one that is publicly available, let me know and I’d be happy to put it in here. I know that I’ve missed loads out.
How to respond
Full details of the consultation can be found here.
Please, even if you send in a one-liner saying that you agree with Xs, please send one in.