For much of the Legal Services Commission’s 12-year life, legal aid lawyers have fired vitriol – some of it fair, much of it not – at the Commission and its policy dithering, bureaucratic bungling and all round stinginess with the taxpayers’ money. But now the end is in sight for everyone’s favorite bogeyman. The LSC is going to be subsumed into its parent department the Ministry of Justice. So is everyone celebrating the demise of the LSC? Nope. Is it the worst possible result? Yes, quite possibly. Read Jon Robins on Guardian Law.
Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon's books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council's journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year's Criminal Justice Alliance's journalism award