People might think that special advocates are a frivolous part of our legal system but they really perform an important function in ensuring that everyone gets equal justice. For many people navigating the legal system with expert counsel there is no need for a special advocate. But not everyone has this luxury.
The foundation of our legal system is that everyone has the right to representation and no one is denied a voice in court. Even in cases where guilt or innocence is cut and dry the process of trying a case and going through all the legal hoops is necessary to ensure that the process maintains its integrity. It is when we begin cutting corners and ignoring the voices of the under privileged that the ideals of our democracy go out the window.