Appalling denial of help from the authorities especially as the parents evidence is so strong. End this cruelty and give their case legal aid!
I agree with Fiona... it's a disgrace that Zane's parents have been denied legal aid. We, the public, must raise our voices every way we can to support them in their struggle to find out the truth about their son's death.
Weren't Kye and Nicole superb in this interview? All their pionts were excellent.
Five against one is bad enough and then no legal representation when all the agences have QCs! This refusal of legal aid is disgusting and disgraceful behaviour by the state. I am really struggling to find a better example of when legal aid should be granted in an inquest.
If, as has been said, the Coroner can put the questions etc. then why do all the agences employ QCs and junior barristers all paid for by the taxpayer?
Can I suggest a crowdfunding page?
I'd be happy to donate, as I'm sure would many others.
I am sure that Zane's parents are grateful Nicholas but the point surely is that Legal Aid is available in exceptional circumstances for inquests and this is surely easily within that classification? Also why do parents and victims such as Kye and Nicole have to fight for what is surely vital legal represention when the agencies all have QCs paid for by the taxpayer?
Oh, I couldn't agree more - common sense would indicate that Legal Aid should apply here as this seems a perfect example of it being justified.
However, given that it's been refused, maybe a crowdfunding page would be an alternative?
I agree with Nicholas, - crowdfunding.
Even if does not get to high costs of a barrister am sure sufficient to pay for travel etc.
I agree that crowdfunding is the answer as a last resort but I am disgusted with our government on so many issues and this is one of the worst. What do our taxes go on?
Stephanie is right, this is a horrible example of dreadful policy making, but even given the appalling changes to legal aid instigated by Chris Grayling, this courageous and dignified family should be at the top of the list for legal aid. His successor Michael Gove recently inferred in the Commons, when put under pressure by Andy Slaughter, that he would make some repairs to the system, yet nothing has happened. This is an example of such extreme injustice that the decision needs to be overturned. In the meantime, do pursue the crowdfunding as this lovely family need all the help they can get.
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