While State Secretary of Security and Justice in the Rutte II cabinet, Fred Teeven (VVD) implemented budget cuts on legal aid after he realized that the PvdA would not make criminal stricter and implement minimum punishments, weekly newspaper De Groene Amsterdammer reports. "It's another way to achieve the same effect", the newspaper quotes him. Lawyers in the Netherlands are furious.
Aggrieved complainants in the "fewer Moroccans" case against Geert Wilders will not be able to count on legal aid. The Legal Aid Council recently rejected the requests submitted by the lawyers acting on behalf of dozens of Moroccan complainants.
Parents are increasingly turning to lawyers to resolve conflicts with their child's school. Lawyers and legal aid insurers are seeing more and more cases of parents who blame teachers for their children's bad grades or think that schools are not doing enough to prevent bullying.