Lord Neuberger: Too late to restore ‘Humpty Dumpty’ civil legal aid

05 Jul 2017

The ‘severe restriction’ of civil legal aid over the last 20 years has left many people with ‘unedifying’ choices, according to the outgoing president of the Supreme Court, who doubts whether the system can be restored to pre-21st century levels.

Speaking at the Australian Bar Association (ABA) biennial conference in London this week, Lord Neuberger said: ‘Many people, including me, feel that things took a wrong turning in civil legal aid in 1999 and we have all been busy hoping or even trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again – but like all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, I am not sure that we can do it.’

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