It is also wrong to link libel cases and their expense with common or garden cases where the cost is less ("Tories back court overhaul to bring down cost of justice", 24 December). As a barrister engaged in less worthy cases than some recent libel actions, I can vouch for this.
Finally, the New Law Journal has reported in past weeks the comments of a professor of law from the USA who says the courts there have already tried the system of "trial management" which was advocated by Lord Woolf. But the benefits which he claims would ensue did not materialise. I am not surprised. The Government is simply creating a smokescreen to obscure the restrictions it imposes on legal aid provision - and thus on justice.
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