Hazel Genn


This Essay focuses on current civil justice policy in England and Wales and argues that, as a result of trends over the last fifteen years, the value of a public civil justice system is being challenged, while access to that system is being inhibited by both new procedural and funding measures. Accompanied by a profound change in civil justice discourse, the relevant interdependent justice policy strands involve the promotion of mediation and the withdrawal of the state from civil disputes; the removal of legal aid from most non-criminal issues; and a reduction in resources for the courts with fewer full-time judges.