Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A QUICK ENDING


The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill had its first reading in Parliament last week and now it’s scheduled for a second reading tomorrow. Usually when a Government has tried to rush through legislation it’s been to deal with urgent issues like terrorism. On this occasion am I being unkind or does the Government’s untimely haste have an ulterior motive? Perhaps if the bill can be hurried through quickly enough it will make it onto the statute book before there’s time for the public to lobby their MP. After all it is this insultingly-named piece of drafting that seeks to withdraw legal aid for family cases. It is the punishment of those offenders daring to try to cream off state funds to rescue themselves from an unhappy marriage; sentencing many to a lifetime of penury because they can no longer afford a lawyer to argue their case for financial provision and all for the withdrawal of legal aid funding that for many was repayable in any event, once funds had been recovered from their spouse or the family home sold. Quickie legislation to oust funding for quickie divorces.

9 comments:

Oklahoma City Divorce Attorney Matt Ingham said...

I understand money is tight right now, but withdrawing legal aid for family law cases is a bad idea. Citizens both rich and poor deserve to have equal access to justice. Speaking in terms of family law court, having justice means being able to retain effective cousel who can advocate for custody of the children.

Bret said...

I've never heard much good about legal aid or payless divorce.

Tim said...

Smells fishy to me. Why else would they be bulldozing that legislation through.

Beth said...

Maybe the law makers were hoping to push the law through quickly in order to avoid a backlash in the media???

Joe said...

Not sure what to make of this one. I disagree with Tim in that there probably was no ulterior motive, just poor legislating.

Divorce Attorney Tulsa said...

Legal Aid serves an important purpose in our society. We need to keep legal aid fully funded.

Pam said...

We need legal aid.

Janine W. said...

Legal Aid is important. It needs to be fully funded.

Harry said...

Legal aid sucks. Youd be better off representing yourself