Will the new criminal legal aid reforms breach the right to a fair trial? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 17th, 2013 in consultations, criminal justice, human rights, legal aid, news, trials by sally

“One of the most contentious proposals in the Consultation Paper on the transforming legal aid is the removal of client choice in criminal cases. Under the proposals contracts for the provision of legal aid will be awarded to a limited number of firms in an area. The areas are similar to the existing CPS areas. The Green Paper anticipates that there will be four or five such providers in each area. Thus the county of Kent, for example, will have four or five providers in an area currently served by fifty or so legal aid firms. Each area will have a limited number providers that will offer it is argued economies of scale.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th May 2013

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