Owen Bowcott's article on flexible courts (Lawyers angered by flexible courts plan, 10 July) highlights a worrying development in the Ministry of Justice's responsibility to deliver justice in England and Wales. Richard Atkinson of the Law Society should be worried as the MoJ has cut thousands of jobs and proposes to downgrade skilled work to the remaining inexperienced staff who are already overstretched. Now they are expected to work all hours in police stations and community centres. Consultation is not the MoJ's strong point, as trade unions in the ministry can testify to.
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