Through the Transforming Justice programme, we know that Courts will be different in five years. But the challenge – and the opportunity – remains the same: equitable access to justice that supports fair and effective sentencing. This must include a court system that recognises and responds to multiple vulnerabilities.
We provide expert advice to HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) Public User Engagement Forums and work closely with our lived experience and research teams to improve the design of the court and tribunal systems.
Our response to the Justice Select Committee's consultation on access to justice implications of court and tribunal reforms
In our response, we consider the access to justice implications for people who are digitally excluded or require digital assistance and consider their journey in all courts and raise our concerns that the court and tribunal reforms could widen the existing inequalities in our justice system for these groups.
Our new report based on a recent survey of our London forum members estimates that Londoners who are caught in the revolving door of crisis and crime were unable to access any legal support for as many as 37,500 legal problems since the introduction legal aid cuts.