Access to justice
The Government is working on a whole scale modernisation of the justice system – under the banner “Making Justice Work”. This is a four year programme intended to create a fair, accessible, cost-effective, and efficient justice system in Scotland.
One specific project is concerned with Enabling Access to Justice, the aim of which the government describes as “to develop mechanisms which will support and empower citizens to avoid or resolve informally disputes and problems wherever possible, and to ensure they have access to appropriate and proportionate advice, and to a full range of methods of dispute resolution, including courts and tribunals where necessary, and appropriate alternatives.”
We have attended and contributed to several stakeholder events developing the Enabling Access to Justice Project and will continue to feed into this work through engaging with the Project Board and through our membership of the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s Access to Legal Services Reference Group and the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee.
Read our response to Sheriff Principal Taylor’s Review of Expenses and Funding of Civil Litigation in Scotland.
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Facts & Figures
On one day in Scotland in 2014, 45 women and 25 children and young people asked for refuge accommodation, but Women's Aid groups were unable to find suitable spaces for 16 women and nine children and young people (SWA 2014)