Experts from across the legal sector have denounced reforms of the court system, in the first evidence session of the Commons justice committee’s inquiry into court and tribunal reforms.
Staff cuts, court closures and the push for digitalisation are crippling access to justice in many areas, the committee was repeatedly warned. The committee is currently holding an inquiry into the £1bn project to upgrade the court system in England and Wales.
Tessa Buchanan, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers and vice-chair of the Housing Law Practitioners Association, referred to one case in which administrative failures caused by staff cuts led to a victim of modern slavery receiving no damages from her abuser.
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