The Law Society is sponsoring a play about cuts to legal aid.
The Invisible, a new play by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, will run at the Bush Theatre in West London from 3 July to 15 August. The cast has not yet been announced.
It is based on real interviews with people at all levels of the British justice system, and “aims to tell the stories of those ordinary people affected by the cuts and to examine how they are driving ever deeper cracks into the fabric of our society.”
Law Society president Andrew Caplen said: “The theme of The Invisible chimes very clearly with our Access to Justice campaign. Cuts to legal aid have forced more and more people into ‘do it yourself’ justice where representing themselves is the only option other than to take no action at all for themselves and their families. This creative partnership will raise awareness of the importance of the role of lawyers within our justice system.
”The fundamental concept of the rule of law is nothing more than an ideal if people cannot obtain access to justice.”
The reforms that took place under the coalition government cut £350m from the legal aid system and with the Conservative party winning a majority last week, it is likely that more are to come.
Legal aid cuts: the timeline
24 Feb 11: JLD, YLAL slam proposed cuts to legal aid
23 Jun 11: Legal aid cuts given green light
11 Mar 13: Exeter law students march for legal aid
10 Jan 14: Opinion: No Legal Aid, No Justice
17 Apr 14: Opinion: Students should not have to fill the justice gap