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PAC report on civil legal aid

 

The Public Accounts Committee has released a damning indictment of the Government’s cuts to civil legal aid.

 

Not the Global Law Summit

 

This year it is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The Government is organising an event to mark this occasion called the "Global Law Summit" which will draw attention to the British justice system for an international audience.

Labour plans for legal aid

On 30 January the Labour party announced three steps it would take on criminal legal aid if elected to govern this May. Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said Labour would:

How competent are you?

New entrants to the law might soon be measured in a different way to see if they are up to the job of being a solicitor. 

Legal aid news - 12 Jan 2015

· A further challenge to the government’s criminal legal aid reforms has been brought by the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) and the Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA). As reported by the Law Society Gazette, the hearing will take place in the Administrative Court on 15 and 16 January. A separate challenge has also been initiated by the Law Society.

APG on legal aid: crime

The first meeting of the All Party Group on Legal Aid for 2015 will take place on Tuesday 13 January. More details are here.

 

NAO report on legal aid cuts

In November 2014, the National Audit Office (‘NAO’) published a report of their findings into the impact of the changes to legal aid made under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). You can read the full report here. The function of the NAO is to assist Parliament in holding the government to account, and ensure that the nation is spending wisely.

Lords Amendments on JR Defeated

 

The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill is going through the final parliamentary stages before it becomes law. Part 4 of the Bill proposes significant changes to the judicial review procedure. The House of Lords had passed amendments to the Bill on 27 October, which campaigners and lawyers welcomed. However, on 1 December the House of Commons rejected those amendments, putting back into the Bill changes that could have a chilling effect on people’s ability to access justice.

Criminal cuts go ahead

Government response to duty contract consultation

The Government has announced its intention to press ahead with plans to dramatically reduce the number of legal aid contracts allowing criminal defence firms to represent suspects in the police station, while also cutting fees by a further 8.75%. These changes are likely to lead to the closure of many criminal defence firms, while making it ever more difficult for new and aspiring lawyers, particularly those from less well-off backgrounds, to sustain a career in this sector.

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