Publisher:Legal Action Group
Series:Access to Justice
Legal Action Group
Justice Matters: essays from the pandemic
Description: Justice Matters
Justice Matters is a collection of essays which together tell a powerful story of the impact of COVID-19, the responses to it, and the hope for change. It seeks to document, in some small way, the effects of the pandemic viewed through the lens of the justice system.
We are living through an unprecedented public health crisis. As the pandemic gathered pace, we started to see much more clearly that those in food poverty, from BAME backgrounds, in poor housing, insecure employment, the homeless, the elderly and the disabled were the worst affected. The virus exposed the underlying structural health, race and class inequality in British society. We saw that a decade of austerity had eviscerated health and social care and public services and plunged the justice system into crisis.
But we also saw hope and what can be achieved if there is collective action and the political will. The homeless were housed and refugees were released from immigration detention. There was a stay on possession cases and a moratorium on benefit sanctions. Ordinary people looked out for each other in ways that we would not previously have imagined. We have worked together and shown what is possible through campaigning, community activism and public pressure, as well as legal challenges. The pandemic presents an opportunity for social-justice lawyers to catch the attention of the public, a chance to tell the stories we witness every day and to create solutions that help to build a more just and equal society.
Justice Matters provides perspectives from frontline workers in community groups and legal observers at the Black Lives Matter protests, lawyers working with the most vulnerable through the pandemic, academia, members of the judiciary and parliament and Baroness Hale of Richmond on the constitution.
Justice Matters is not intended as an end in itself but as the beginning and as a component of a larger discussion about the future, about equality and about justice.
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About the author

Description: Sue James - author
Sue James is CEO of LAG. She was previously director and housing solicitor at Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre and a founding trustee at Ealing Law...
Description: Simon Mullings - author
Simon Mullings is housing team leader at Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre, a member of the Justice Alliance and co-chair of the Housing Law...
Description: Mandy Groves - author
Mandy Groves is a solicitor at Ealing Law Centre.
Description: Jessie Brennan - author
Jessie Brennan is a solicitor in the public law and human rights team at Bindmans LLP and a member of the Justice Alliance.
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