Even more commentary here supporting our call for a fundamental review of the severity and effect of the cuts to legal aid.
Not only are people appearing in person having received no professional advice on a more regular basis, those that are entitled to legal aid have a larger cost resulting from the difficulties the other parties cause through their lack of legal knowledge.
This clear example of the negative impact of the government's austerity drive needs greater press to safeguard the vulnerable in society.
Deepening cuts to legal aid ensure that much of this vital advice is only now available to those who can afford to pay for it. Often those without the means to pay are also those who are most vulnerable and in need of guidance. In a country where our legal system is historically known as being one of the best in the world, this should frighten us all.