During my 26 years at the bar and 24 on the bench, changes were naturally to be to be expected. One might have hoped these would have been for the better, but in one vital respect there has been failure. A nation based on the rule of law and access to justice can legitimately expect that its laws might become easier to understand, and its remedies easier to obtain. The reverse has been the case.

In many areas of importance to ordinary people, legislation is nearly impossible to understand, and often difficult for lawyers. Simply getting to trial now requires negotiation of a complex reticulation of procedural difficulties. Costs are greatly increased, legal aid greatly reduced and rights are often without effective remedy.

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