Refugee Action
Tipping the Scales: Access to Justice in the asylum System

Access to justice is a key part of a functioning asylum system. It is essential that all those who need it are able to receive independent,
government-funded legal representation. Without this, navigating the asylum process becomes a formidable – and often impossible
– task.

But despite the fact that the success or failure of an individual’s asylum claim may rely on this, too often people seeking asylum find it difficult or impossible to obtain legal assistance. This briefing sets out some of the inadequacies of current legal aid provision for those within the asylum system.