Justice, justice on the wall, who is the biggest spender of all?

There’s a new comparison of spending on the justice system out by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) .  I have only had a chance to have a quick look but it supports the view that the government’s claims that we spend way too much on our justice system look rather dubious in comparative terms (unless it turns out they were talking about Northern Ireland all along).  I’ll try and take a more forensic look shortly.

Figure 2.2 from the report is set out below.  England and Wales comes out in the bottom half of countries in terms of overall proportion of public expenditure allocated to the whole justice system.

Justice spend

The figures given for the proportion of justice system budget allocated to the courts, public prosecutors and legal aid puts England and Wales in the middle, just above average.

Justice spend 2


About Richard Moorhead

Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law and Professor of Law and Professional Ethics at the Faculty of Laws, University College London with an interest in teaching and research on the legal ethics, the professions, legal aid, access to justice and the courts.
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2 Responses to Justice, justice on the wall, who is the biggest spender of all?

  1. Jonathan Ames says:

    Isn’t that Northern Ireland in the bottom four of the second table, not E&W? Or is it my aging eyes?

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