Wealth is key in accessing justice, says poll

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Almost 90 per cent of legal professionals feel that wealth is increasingly important in accessing justice, a survey has found.

The startling poll suggests that only 32 per cent cent of the Northern Irish population trust legal professionals and that Northern Ireland has the highest percentage of people who feel that the justice system is not accessible to everyone – at 70 per cent.

The figures also reveal that 78 per cent of people feel wealth is now a more important factor in accessing justice than it used to be.

Shockingly, an even greater number of legal professionals themselves, 87 per cent, feel the same way.

The statistics are from a report by law firm Hodge Jones & Allen as part of their drive to raise awareness of challenges facing the justice system. Patrick Allen, senior partner, said: “These statistics represent a damning indictment of the UK justice system.”