Changes to legal aid for victims of domestic abuse in force on Monday – Legal Aid Handbook

Posted January 8th, 2018 in children, domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news, regulations, time limits by sally

‘Funding for private family law cases is generally only available where the applicant for legal aid can show that they are a victim of domestic abuse, or where they can show that the aim of the proceedings is to protect a child at risk of abuse from a third party (such applications are in scope because of Paras 12 and 13 of Part 1 Schedule 1 of LASPO; see also Chapter 6 of the Handbook). Until the successful challenge to the original regulations by Rights of Women, there was a requirement that the evidence in support of the application had to be no more than 2 years old. Following the litigation, that was extended to 5 years.’

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Legal Aid Handbook, 7th January 2018