Locked-Door Access to Justice:
“I hear you knocking, but you can’t come in!”
As with any of my articles, I write purely in my own capacity as a human being rather than as a representative of anyone, and this is particularly true in this case. I don’t speak for anyone other than myself.
I have become aware recently of the move in Courts (not all of them, but a worrying number) to restrict the public’s access to Public Counters.
What happens at these Public Counters? (or what used to?)
People would come in, people who had been served with court papers and were frightened or confused and didn’t know what to do and they would be given help and advice (not legal advice, but they would be pointed to where to get that advice from), people would come in and hand in the court paperwork they had filled in – and double-check that they hadn’t made a mistake with it that might otherwise…
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