Sir David Latham comments on the civil legal aid proposals

Sir David Latham, former Lord Justice of Appeal and former Chair of the Parole Board, sent this message with his apologies that he could not be present at the LSE on 20 May 2013. He has given permission for his comments to be printed here:

“I am extremely concerned that the present proposals are likely to inhibit proper scrutiny of executive decisions. It is likely to be the same for the family courts. As you know, my preferred remedy has always been robust, and I mean very robust, judicial control, not executive interference. I have been disappointed by the judges’ failure to understand the need for this tight discipline. It has been the excuse for Daily Mail politics to piggy back on Treasury financial constraints.”