Robert Rinder on why he feels ‘justice is meaningless’ without legal support

Television judge Robert Rinder has said he will strike alongside fellow attorneys because he feels that without legal aid “our justice is meaningless”.

The embers of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) in England and Wales over the weekend voted in favor of an indefinite, uninterrupted strike from September 5.

They are repeatedly enticed in terms of employment and Government-mandated fees for legal aid work – publicly funded representation for defendants who cannot afford it.

On Tuesday’s episode of ITV’s Good Morning Britain, lawyer and TV personality Rinder spoke about why he’s in favor of total strike action.

The 44-year-old said: “I’m still a member of my big room and I’ll tell you I won’t have questions about the strike.”

He made it clear that strike action is not for private lawyers who represent famous faces but for lawyers who recognize cases for everyday people through legal aid.

Reflecting on the democracy of the system, he said: “Without access to justice, without the rule of law, speaking of Margaret Thatcher, she spoke of, quite accurately, our justice being worthless. means.

“Civil legal aid – gone. If you have a family problem, you could be abused by your spouse – forget it, there is no lawyer for you unless you have the money. Unless you’re super privileged – forget it.

“A child with special educational needs – you’ve got a rule right? No chance.”

The criminal lawyer – best known for his ITV show Judge Rinder – says there is now a five-year wait for some legal aid cases due to problems with the system.

Reflecting on why he feels the legal aid system is important, he said: “In this country, one of the things that we should be most proud of is, if you are charged with a crime serious offense, you receive, by law, you receive, or you have received, the same standard of defense as the prosecution.

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“That means our justice system is safe and secure.

“Of course, it’s very difficult to make the case of people at home going ‘But they’re guilty’. Well (that) all is very well until it happens to you. Or if you are the victim, where is the justice? You need good lawyers.”


Lawyers outside the Houses of Parliament support the Criminal Bar Association’s action on the Government fixing fees for legal aid work (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

He added: “We are talking about the fairness of criminal justice. And I will repeat this – everyone’s freedom.

“Accused, false is probably an offense, and the victims. In some cases, we are now five years old to go to trial due to overinvestment in our criminal courts over the course of time. “

Rinder said these issues, and the financial pressure, especially for new lawyers, who can have up to £100,000 worth of student debt while minimum wages, could push some people away. into private practice.

“The reality is they don’t want to attack, they don’t rush into it to get rich; they go there because they love this country and they believe in justice under the rule of law,” he added.

“And I have to say it’s a scandal and a scandal that both parties, certainly the Labor Party, should support.” Robert Rinder on why he feels ‘justice is meaningless’ without legal support

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