Welcome to the end of September and the beginning of a new week. With the High Court recently all a-quiver, having allowed a challenge to the current legal aid policy for victims of domestic violence, a full hearing will now take place to determine whether the current restrictions on legal aid in this context are lawful.
The argument put forward will no doubt include the risk of harm to thousands of victims across the country, as they find it virtually impossible to meet the criteria for producing evidence of the violence they encounter at the hands of their aggressors. Left unable to access the legal support they need, many victims are turning away from the courts and trying to fend for themselves.
Our question to you then, is this: if the challenge is successful, do you think this will open a floodgate, where families will also seek to re-instate legal aid for divorce and other matters, under perhaps, the right to a fair trial and other legislative measures?