Important Select Committee report draws on FRU evidence

The Justice Select Committee has published a hard hitting inquiry report on HMCTS reform of the court and tribunal system. The report, which can be found at this link https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201920/cmselect/cmjust/190/190.pdf draws on evidence from FRU’s written submission.  In particular the report quotes our evidence on court closures and the importance of face to face hearings for our sick and disabled clients, the impact of legal aid cuts on access to justice and the availability of support for users, and the effectiveness of HMCTS communication about its reforms.

The report called on the Ministry of Justice to evaluate the impact of court reform against the legal standard of access to justice summarised in the Legal Education Foundation’s “Digital Justice” report which FRU also contributed to. That report can be found at this link https://research.thelegaleducationfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019...