It was a pleasure today to attend an event in Parliament to celebrate Justice Week 2020.
Justice Week 2020 runs from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February. The aim is to improve access to justice by boosting the profile of justice and the rule of law, placing them at the centre stage of public and political debate.
As an ex-solicitor prior to standing for Parliament, access to justice is something that I am very passionate about. In my time as a solicitor I represented often vulnerable people, injured or mistreated at work.
Now, justice and the rule of law are facing major threats, from cuts to spending to attacks on the judiciary. This undermines our democracy.
It’s essential for young people to:
- understand the importance of the justice system
- value the rule of law
- see justice and the rule of law as fundamental to our lives and freedoms
From schools to the media, our institutions still have work to do when it comes to scrutinising and promoting the world of law and making it easier to understand.
Since 2010 we’ve seen unprecedented cuts to our justice system, with legal aid slashed and specialist advice for many, too hard to find. Justice Week is a unique opportunity for organisations to highlight their work to promote the importance of the rule of law to young people.