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December 2013

Jerry Drayton’s office contrasts sharply with the rest of the Youth Development and Justice Center here in Clayton County, Ga.

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Minister for Law K Shanmugam announced on Friday that his ministry has decided to give direct assistance and support to defendants in criminal cases through criminal legal aid.

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Defendants could be forced to choose between a solicitor and barrister for criminal matters under tightened controls on grants by the ACT Legal Aid Commission.

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Move would make courts more accessible to those who can’t afford lawyers.

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LAWYERS have been advised to drop clients who do not pay contributions to criminal costs in advance when controversial legal aid changes come into effect next year.

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Joint committee on human rights warns that Ministry of Justice should not fall into trap of 'knowing the price of everything but value of nothing'.

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