Family courts to be hit hard by legal aid cuts

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28 July, 2011

A Family Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors is warning that the cuts to legal aid will have a dramatic impact on the already over stretched family courts as many people will be left without the support and advice of a legal representative.

As a result of changes to legal aid many people will be forced to represent themselves in family cases. People who aren't eligible for legal aid and unable to pay for their case themselves will have to issue their own divorce proceedings, deal with sorting out their own financial agreements and make applications to see their children.

Dawn Baker, Family Solicitor at Forbes' Preston office comments, "The courts are already under severe pressure which the changes to legal aid are only going to add to. I expect people will be bewildered by the process, court staff will be inundated with enquiries, and Judges will be left trying to 'referee' cases involving warring and emotionally charged parties who haven't been able to afford advice to enable them to have realistic expectations of what can be done by the courts to help them in advance."

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