Justice depends on representation
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (Laspo) Act, which came into effect in 2013, has severely restricted funding for representation, almost halving the number of cases in which legal aid is available.
Cuts are leaving people involved in family law cases, and immigration hearings, including children, representing themselves, putting them at a profound disadvantage. This also means that courts are having to deal with far more "litigants in person", which slows the progress of cases and raises costs.
There can be no real justice without proper representation. Equality before the law is a fundamental democratic principle.
Natalie and the Green Party have stood up against these cuts since they were proposed, and the Green Party is calling for funding to legal aid to be restored to real-terms 2010 levels, at a cost in 2015 figures of £700 million a year.