MoJ reveals massive budget cut as new advice deserts open – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 20th, 2017 in budgets, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The deeply worrying scale of the budgetary pressures bearing down on the Ministry of Justice is laid bare in new figures which will dampen already faint hopes of public funding reform. In a written parliamentary answer, justice minister Dominic Raab revealed that the MoJ will have suffered a cumulative 40% real terms cut in its budget over the fiscal decade ending in 2020.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bach to the future – Counsel

Posted November 17th, 2017 in budgets, legal aid, news, reports by tracey

‘Time for legal aid to break free from party political discourse? Yes, argues Lucie Wibberley, in light of the recommendations of the Bach Commission for a new Right to Justice Act.’

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Counsel, November 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Families of 1974 bombings victims turn to crowdfunding after legal aid denied – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 16th, 2017 in costs, families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news by tracey

‘A campaign group is seeking funds to pay for a judicial review challenging the terms of reference of an inquest into the deaths of the Birmingham Pub Bombings victims after a request for legal aid was denied. Justice4the21 is asking legal professionals to donate what they can to fund a challenge to a coroner’s decision earlier this year to exclude the issue of who was responsible for the 1974 bombings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ministry of Justice abandons court battle on prisoners’ legal aid – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2017 in appeals, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by tracey

‘Legal aid for prisoners will be restored for three key categories of claims after the Ministry of Justice abruptly abandoned what was expected to become a supreme court battle.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012: Post-Legislative Memorandum – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in legal aid, legislation, press releases, reports, sentencing by tracey

‘This document serves as the post-legislative memorandum for Parts 1, 2 and 3 of LASPO. It is being published with regard to the post-legislative scrutiny process. The memorandum was presented to the Justice Select Committee on 30 October 2017.’

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Ministry of Justice, 30th October 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

High Court dismisses seven-year legal aid contract fight – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in delay, law firms, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The High Court has dismissed a law firm’s challenge to a government legal aid contract decision – seven years after judicial review proceedings began. Mr Justice Coulson hoped the “sorry saga’ would be regarded as an example of how not to conduct a public procurement challenge.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Official review backs ‘Hillsborough law’ proposals – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in bereavement, families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news, reports by tracey

‘An official review of the Hillsborough families’ 27-year ordeal since the 1989 disaster has recommended that bereaved families must have funding for full legal representation at inquests where public authorities are represented.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Impact of cuts to legal aid to come under review – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2017 in civil justice, consultations, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The justice secretary, David Liddington, has committed his department to review the deep cuts imposed on legal aid by the coalition government in 2012.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Hundreds of thousands can’t get legal aid – so where are they going for help? – Legal Voice

Posted October 30th, 2017 in legal aid, legal representation, legal services, legislation, news, statistics by sally

‘Hundreds of thousands of people have not been able to get legal aid since the introduction of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) in 2013.’

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Legal Voice, 26th October 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Justice in jeopardy: government defies backlash to confirm ‘reckless’ legal aid cuts – Law Society Gazette

‘The government is to press ahead with reform of legal aid fees paid to solicitors in criminal cases – despite 97% of submissions to a consultation vehemently opposing the plans. Representative bodies have this afternoon condemned the decision as ‘reckless’, claiming it places justice in jeopardy.’

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Law Society Gazette, 24th October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Senior judge warns over ‘shaming’ impact of legal aid cuts – The Guardian

‘One of the most senior family court judges has warned about the impact of legal aid cuts and said it was “shaming” to preside over cases in which individuals are forced to represent themselves.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Legal aid and abandonment: grounds for divorce – Family Law

Posted October 13th, 2017 in divorce, legal aid, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘You might be forgiven for thinking that because every single divorce in England and Wales over the last four decades has been governed by the same piece of legislation that the process is rather prescriptive. In reality, it is anything but.’

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Family Law, 13th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Hale backs public funding for early legal advice while outlining concern over LSB reform plan – Legal Futures

Posted October 6th, 2017 in legal aid, legal services, news by tracey

‘The new president of the Supreme Court yesterday joined what appears to be a growing clamour to reinstate public funding to provide early legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 6th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

No ‘crock of gold’ but Lidington promises legal aid review will look at case for change – Legal Voice

Posted October 4th, 2017 in legal aid, news by sally

‘The government will ‘soon’ launch its long-awaited post-legislative review of legal aid, the lord chancellor announced during the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.’

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Legal Voice, 4th October 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Bach Commission: “Only legislation will resolve crisis in legal aid system” – Legal Futures

Posted September 22nd, 2017 in legal aid, news, reports by sally

‘The right to justice should be enshrined in an Act of Parliament to ensure that nobody is denied legal assistance because they cannot afford it, according to the final report of the Bach Commission.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LASPO cuts leave thousands of lone migrant children at ‘serious risk’, says Children’s Society – Legal Voice

Posted September 6th, 2017 in children, immigration, legal aid, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘The LASPO ‘safety net’ was leaving thousands of lone migrant children at ‘serious risk’, according to a report published by the Children’s Society last month. As a result of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, support for all non-asylum immigration claims was cut subject to its controversial exception case funding (ECF) scheme.’

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Legal Voice, 5th September 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Don’t reject legal aid application with ‘tick-box’ letter, judge says – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 25th, 2017 in documents, expert witnesses, fees, judges, judgments, legal aid, news by sally

‘A family judge has told the Legal Aid Agency not to issue a letter ‘almost akin to a tick-box form’ should it refuse to pay an expert’s fee in a case involving a three-month old boy at the centre of care proceedings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th August 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Grenfell Inquiry: terms of reference ‘won’t satisfy government’s legal obligations’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 16th, 2017 in fire, housing, inquiries, judges, legal aid, London, news by sally

‘Terms of reference for the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire may not satisfy the government’s legal obligations to investigate the full circumstances of the tragedy, lawyers representing some of the victims have warned.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th August 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Mother wins court battle to change child’s ‘tainted’ middle name – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2017 in appeals, change of name, children, family courts, legal aid, names, news by sally

‘A mother who no longer liked her child’s middle name has won the right to have it removed in a legal challenge costing thousands of pounds in legal aid.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2017

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Stephen Lawrence killer gets legal aid for compensation claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 26th, 2017 in assault, compensation, legal aid, news, personal injuries, prisons by sally

‘One of the killers of Stephen Lawrence has been granted legal aid in a battle to get compensation from the Government after he was allegedly beaten up in prison.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk