Could this be any clearer? the Government now has to respond to this very important judgment. Getting legal aid has got progressively harder but the judge has made it very clear that family courts have to do justice for children. Watch this space!
I am bound to say that I believe that only in rare cases, subject to means and merits if properly applied, should legal aid be denied in such cases. As it is now applied, the scheme is clearly wholly deficient in that it does not enable the family courts to be satisfied that they can do justice and give a fair hearing to an unrepresented party. While the problem may perhaps be less acute in other civil cases, I have no doubt that the difficulties I have referred to in family cases apply.