Equal justice?

Victoria’s Attorney General Robert Clarke has expressed the rather peculiar opinion that the state’s Legal Aid agency for indigent defendants is capable of adequately representing clients, in spite of a funding crisis that has postponed a number of trials. One of the fundamentals of a democracy should be equality before the law, and adequate legal representation is a significant part of this. The wilful ignorance of the Victorian government on this issue is concerning. With pay for Legal Aid solicitors dwarfed by that of most of those in the profession, combined with an underfunded service, the equitable access to justice that is so important is under threat.

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