‘Justice is just as important as health or education’ – survey results
As part of Justice Week, a survey in England and Wales revealed that the public agrees that ‘justice is just as important as health or education’.
2,086 people responded to the survey which was carried out from 28-30 September 2018. Results were weighted to be representative of the distribution of the population.
The far-reaching survey, commissioned by the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, has a number of important findings, including:
- 78% agreed that ‘Justice is just as important as health or education’
- A majority (76%) agree that people on low incomes should be able to get free legal advice.
- A similar number agree that people on low incomes should be able to receive free legal advice.
- For all types of legal issues listed by the survey, at least 50% of respondents said they would feel ‘uncomfortable’ dealing with them without a lawyer, and for no legal issue did more than 25% say they would feel ‘comfortable’.
- 63% said they would feel uncomfortable dealing with the law and legal processes themselves if they were accused of a crime for which a judge could impose a custodial sentence
- Only 13% agreed that ‘the state should not have to pay for people’s legal expenses if they are accused of an offence that could earn jail time.
- 60% of respondents agreed that ‘people on low incomes are more likely to be convicted of crimes than wealthy people’.
The full press release can be found here.