Criminal legal aid JR successful

A judicial review challenge to the lawfulness of the government consultation on reforms to criminal legal aid was successful this week, as the Administrative Court held that failures in the consultation process were “so unfair as to result in illegality”. The case was brought jointly by the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) and the Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) against the Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling.

DV gateway JR granted permission

On Friday permission was granted for a judicial review of regulations made under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act setting out 'gateway' criteria for legal aid applicants to prove that they are victims of domestic violence.

CILEx enquiry

"The future of the legal workforce-can paralegals meet market needs?"

Manchester meeting on 23.09

Justice Alliance North and Access to Advice are organising a public meeting about the future of free, publicly funded advice during the Labour party conference. It will take place on Tuesday 23 September 2014 from 5 pm in Manchester.

Legal aid news - 10 Sept 2014

  • The judicial review of the government’s decision to impose a 17.5% reduction on criminal legal aid and reduce the number of duty contracts from around 1,600 to 525 was heard by the Administrative Court on 8 and 9 September. The case was brought by the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and the Criminal Law Solicitors Association. Judgment is expected in early October.

APPG report

All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid: Where to turn now for legal advice? Assisting constituents after the cuts to legal aid

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Legal Aid met on 3 September 2014 to discuss the effect of cuts to legal aid on access to legal advice. The APPG is a group of MPs and peers who meet regularly in Parliament to discuss and debate legal aid issues. It is organised jointly by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) and Young Legal Aid Lawyers.

Next APPG on 3 Sept

The next meeting of the All Party Group on Legal Aid will be on Wednesday 3 September 2014 at 8.30-10 am in the Jubilee Room at Parliament. The subject of the meeting is "Where to turn now for legal advice? Assisting constituents after the cuts to legal aid". We will be joined by a number of speakers who will discuss the effects of the cuts. There will also be discussion of the Government's ongoing programme of reforms. This is intended as a drop-in event.

SRA equivalent means

In tandem with the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) (more information about this, including our response, can be found here

Legal aid news update - 18 August 2014

  • Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, has ruled that in private law cases the court may step in to pay for a party’s legal representation where the Legal Aid Agency refuse to do so. The judgment has been described as a challenge to the government and as creating a shadow legal aid scheme.

Legal aid news update - 30 July 2014

  • 30 July marked the 65th anniversary of legal aid, as the Legal Advice and Assistance Act 1949 was enacted on 30 July 1949. Andrew Caplen, the president of the Law Society, said legal aid is “too important to be put into retirement”.


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