Nicola Laver queries contemporary attitudes to justice 

Fears for the future of the justice system in England and Wales are rapidly accelerating within then profession – and rightly so. Meanwhile, lawyers battling to keep the cogs of our justice system turning, continue to be targeted by arrows of misinformation.

While government holds the purse strings, with only occasional sums handed out to appease the critics, some comments from within government have caused damage to the reputation of the legal profession.

In a commons debate in July, for instance, housing minister Christopher Pincher MP erroneously suggested the courts “mediate in the execution of justice”. They don’t – they adjudicate.

In August, the home office made an ill-considered and...

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