Just a quarter of Brits believe legal system is fair, survey finds

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14th December 2015 11:40 - Professional Services

According to a survey by leading solicitors, Hodge Jones & Allen, just 25 per cent of the UK population feel that the legal Just a quarter of Brits believe legal system is far, survey findssystem in the country is transparent and fair.

Of those questioned, 2 in 3 said that money is more of an important factor in accessing justice than it has been previously.

During the market research process, more than 2,000 people were surveyed by the researchers and of which, 79 per cent said that they agreed with the statement: “it is the responsibility of the government to ensure justice is provided for all”.

Of the respondents, just 37 per cent said that they believed professionals working in the legal system were trustworthy, whereas 54 per cent said that the justice system was inaccessible. Of those in the Afro-Caribbean community, just 28 per cent said that they trusted lawyers and just 17 per cent of Sikhs said the same.

The research findings are featured in a report entitled, Unjust Kingdom: UK Perceptions of the Legal and Justice System, which has been recently published.

Senior Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen, Patrick Allen, said of the research findings: “These statistics represent a damning indictment of the British justice system. If millions of people across the country are intimidated, alienated and confused by the prospect of seeking justice in 21st-century Britain then we should consider our legal system to have failed in its fundamental duty to provide justice for all.”

The UK Government has guaranteed £700 million to introduce more technology into and modernise courts, in order to increase efficiency.

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