“Our Working Group was formed in December 2012, at the request of the Master of the Rolls. Although the Legal Aid reforms will, of course, affect the criminal justice system, the scope of our review has been restricted to consideration of the civil and family courts, and the tribunals.
“We considered it vital to look at the issues before the reforms bit. Time has, therefore, been short and, as a result, many of our recommendations are for further work, particularly in terms of judicial education and consideration of litigants in person by the various rules committees. We make no apology for that. The work we have recommended will need careful consideration and will take time. However, we hope that our recommendations are helpful and that some will reap immediate benefits.”
Mr Justice Hickinbottom