Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Launch of TheCityUK’s Legal Services Report 2016

|Speeches|Lord Thomas

We use the work that TheCityUK does to try and get over to Government how important the legal sector is. And, without facts and figures – and I am not going to re-traverse facts and figures because you have got them and you have had a summary of them – we have a very great difficulty. We try and persuade all branches of the State just how important the legal sector is. It is a constant battle (a) to obtain money to fund the courts and tribunals, but (b) to try and make certain that justice is seen as central to our society.

In many of the speeches I make, it is the centrality of justice to society and to our prosperity which has to be underlined. I regret to say it is often not appreciated. I think this is because we take it all for granted. What I think is so wonderful, if I may say so, about the huge amount of dedicated work you have done is that it pulls together the facts and the figures that show how central justice is to our economy. But, I will come in a moment to what I think is the most important bit of your report, which is at page 7 (which you needn’t all turn to immediately): what we should be doing…..

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