Legal aid needs overhaul

I REFER to the report “Lawyer who helped struggling mother with shoplifting case wins award” (The Star, Sept 12).

While the story of the shoplifting mother ended on a relatively happy note, I can’t help but think about the many others in her situation who weren’t as lucky. They would have been sentenced to imprisonment or given a hefty fine beyond their means, which would have led to them serving prison time in default.

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