I have been wondering about the assertion that we spend far more on legal aid than other countries, an assertion which underpins the Green Paper. I had toyed with the idea of making a stab at unpicking that assertion – but the UK Human Rights Blog has done it for me, and a fine job they have made of it too. What is important to note is that even if one accepts the proposition that we spend more on legal aid (which is far from clear), the study relied upon by the MoJ itself notes that we spend significantly less on justice overall than some of the countries under comparison. And this matters because if there is less legal aid there will be more pressure on the courts system to pick up the slack. Can HMCS cope? Probably not.