Introduction, updates


Read this superb piece of investigative journalism from Buzzfeed’s Emily Dugan. The opening paragraph states: “The Ministry of Justice has finally released a report detailing judges’ concerns about people facing criminal charges without a lawyer, three weeks after it was leaked to BuzzFeed News following the department’s denials that it even existed.” The number of criminal cases where the accused has no lawyer representing her is increasing, and it shows no  sign of going down again. Here is how Emily Dugan tweeted the article:

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And one of Emily Dugan’s many follow-up articles appeared today:

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The article (read it here) deals with the impact on people representing themselves in the civil courts, but it serves to highlight the difficulties well.