An opinion poll by solicitors Hodge Jones & Allen has found a dramatic lack of faith by the general public in today’s legal system.
More than 2,000 people were interviewed by the research organisation Populus for the survey which recorded an overwhelming majority (79%) agreeing with the statement that “it is the responsibility of the government to ensure justice is provided for all”.
Only 37% said they trusted the professionals working within the legal system, while 54% felt the justice system was inaccessible. Only 28% of the Afro-Caribbean community and 17% of the Sikh community said they trusted lawyers.
The statistics are included in Unjust Kingdom: UK Perceptions of the Legal and Justice System, a report released by the firm on Wednesday.
Patrick Allen, senior partner at Hodge Jones & Allen, said: “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 voices of the public and the profession are in complete unison that cuts to legal aid and the introduction of court fees have only served to exacerbate an already difficult situation.”