This piece was written by YLAL member Pietra Asprou, who has recently completed the BPTC and is a paralegal at LexisNexis UK.
"The principle that a person who is facing a life-changing judgment, and risks losing their freedom, has the right to have their case heard and judged by people representative of their community – of different ages, ethnicities and professional and educational backgrounds – is a fundamental aspect of the criminal justice system in England & Wales."
In response to the statements from the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor that jury trials in some courts will resume as early as the 18 May, YLAL calls for the Ministry of Justice to guarantee that the safety of our members and other court users will not be put at compromised when jury trials resume.
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news for November 2019.
General Election: In the run up to the General Election, which took place on 12 December 2019, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) launched the #3Pledges4Justice campaign. We asked members to Tweet the parliamentary candidates in their constituency to show their support for 3 key pledges for a fair justice system:
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from October 2019.
Legal aid cuts as a false economy:
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from August – September 2019.
University students to fill a gap in access to justice:
The University of Bristol’s law clinic has launched an initiative seeking to address the gap in legal representation at inquests for bereaved families. Believed to be the first student led clinic with a focus on inquests the team will be supervised by Sumayyah Malna, an inquest solicitor.
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from July 2019.
Celebrating 70 years of legal aid: On 30 July 1949 the Legal Aid and Advice Act received royal assent, creating the legal aid scheme. The 30 July 2019 therefore saw the 70th anniversary of this important step in the campaign for access to justice. In order to celebrate and highlight the significance of this milestone, the Justice Alliance organised a large gathering outside the Ministry of Justice.
Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield visited Derbyshire Law Centre on 6 August 2019.
Toby said about his visit:
Rupa Huq MP for Ealing Central and Acton visited Ealing Law Centre on 9 August 2019:
The morning was spent discussing legal aid.
Ealing Law Centre said:
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from June 2019.