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Submission to the Justice Committee Inquiry on the Future of Legal Aid

 

The Justice Committee is conducting an Inquiry into the future of legal aid and launched a consultation on 7 September 2020 with the following terms of reference:

  • How LASPO has affected access to justice views on the post-implementation review and the criminal legal aid review;

  • The role of the Legal Aid Agency;

  • Recruitment and retention problems among legal aid professionals;

COVID-19: 6 months on

On Wednesday 9 September 2020, One Pump Court Chambers hosted a #YLALVirtual meeting reflecting on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic six months on from the passage of the Coronavirus Act. The meeting explored how the pandemic has affected different areas of social welfare law and the criminal justice system since lockdown began in March. Ciara Bartlam, YLAL committee member and barrister at Garden Court North Chambers, chaired the meeting.