Legal support to those who need it most

In the wake of significant reforms in legal aid that are already in place when it comes to housing policies and criminal justice, the Government is now extending its reformative efforts to the construction sector.

Legal aid is a publicly funded service provided to individuals who are unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system.

It is designed to ensure that no one is denied the opportunity for legal counsel, simply because of their inability to pay. Legal aid covers a range of legal services, from advice and consultation to representation in court. The goal of legal aid is to promote fairness and equality before the law, ensuring that all citizens, regardless of their financial status, have the means to pursue justice.

In the wake of significant reforms in legal aid that are already in place when it comes to housing policies and criminal justice, the Government is now extending its reformative efforts to the construction sector.

Legal assistance in the construction sector

The government has just announced its plan to assist those living amidst ongoing construction projects. Recognising the disruption and harm caused by such developments, a committment has been expressed to not only ensure that neighbours and third parties are well-informed about construction activities, but also to provide them with the necessary tools to understand, evaluate, and, if necessary, challenge the impacts of these projects.

This approach seeks to protect the tranquillity and rights of individuals, particularly the elderly, whose peace is often shattered by the emergence of towering apartment complexes next door. By establishing a level playing field between residents and developers, the Government aims to alleviate the financial and emotional burdens of living near construction sites, ensuring a fairer and more bearable situation for all involved.

Legal assistance in criminal cases

Significant strides have also been made in providing legal assistance to victims of criminality. With a comprehensive legal aid system in place, individuals facing criminal charges or involved in criminal proceedings now have access to fair representation and justice. This system encompasses everything, from police questioning to trial and appeal stages, adhering to the European Convention on Human Rights’ mandate for a fair trial.

The recent appointment of ten child advocates further underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring that even the youngest and most vulnerable in society have access to justice in family, juvenile, and criminal courts. The expansion of the legal aid team to around 60 lawyers is an unprecedented number. There were only five such lawyers in 2013, indicating a dedicated effort to offer specialised legal assistance across civil and criminal matters.

Legal aid in the housing sector

The housing sector has not been overlooked in the government’s campaign to provide support for the vulnerable. Legal aid services within this sector are designed to empower individuals and families, especially those of low income or in vulnerable positions, with legal representation and advice on housing matters. From eviction and rent disputes to housing conditions and property rights, the aim is to navigate the complexities of housing law effectively. The government’s decisive action to reform outdated laws has alleviated the fear of sudden homelessness, striking a balance between the rights of landlords and tenants while ensuring free legal services are available to those in need.  

Appeasing the most vulnerable

This sequence of initiatives underscores the Government’s commitment to enhancing legal assistance and support for the most vulnerable, ensuring comprehensive protection across these crucial areas of modern living.

By recognising and addressing the disadvantages faced by certain parties in these sectors, the government is reaffirming its belief in active and equitable support. It is acknowledging that robust laws and regulations alone are insufficient without the means and confidence for individuals to exercise their rights.

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