YLAL News

Protest in the press

Thank you to all our members who supported the protest against legal aid cuts on 7 March. It is inspiring to see your passion to save vital legal services for the public. If we keep going we can still make a difference to Government plans. Please ask your family and friends to sign the petition - a simple action we can all take that shows this fight is not about lawyers. It is about preserving a justice system we should be proud of for the day we all might need it:

New SRA consultation

YLAL has responded to the new consultation of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, "Training for Tomorrow: Regulation Review". 

This consultation aims to remove unnecessary regulatory burdens and improve processes for the regulator. It is part of a wider package of reform for the SRA’s regulatory framework for legal education and training.

Email your MP about new bill

The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill is having its second reading on Monday 24 February.

This is an important bill because, despite its name, if passed it would increase executive power and reduce access to justice for judicial review. It has been put in a slot on the first day back from Parliamentary recess so many MPs may not be there.

7th March: Take action

Friday 7 March is a day of protest against legal aid cuts.

Action near you (this page will be updated when more detail is available)

If you know of an action near you please get in touch so we can spread word to others: ylalinfo@gmail.com

Manchester

Further cuts to judicial review

On 5 February 2014 the Government announced that it would be going ahead with a series of changes to restrict access to judicial review. The changes – which were originally proposed in the November 2013 consultation Judicial review: proposals for further reform – include further cuts to legal aid and amendments to the rules on costs which will make it more difficult for charities and NGOs to intervene in judicial review proceedings.

No thanks to legal aid

We have started a new series on our blog called "No Thanks to Legal Aid". We want to gather case studies of people who have not been able to get free help since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) came into force in April 2013.

Our series is inspired by the Justice Select Committee's inquiry into LASPO and its impacts.

Find out more and submit your case study here:

http://savelegalaid.wordpress.com/lawyers-submit-post-laspo-case-studies/

Legal Justice conference 15 March

"Legal Justice Together - Call for Action", Saturday 15 March 2014

YLAL winter party 24th Jan

Winter drinks - all YLAL members welcome

We are having our winter party on Friday 24 January 2014.

Meet the Minister

On 15 January 2014 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid met to discuss the cuts to legal aid with Shailesh Vara MP, new Parliamentary Under-Secretary for State and Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid.

Report by Adam Cooper, YLAL member

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