Articles Archive

Below are all our previously published articles and news items - blog posts will be included here too.

There are also 2 wordpress blog sites which we previously used and for whom content is still available, although they are not currently being updated:

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COVID Safety In Magistrates’ Courts

Post date: 19th of October 2020

It has been reported that defence practitioners today staged a walk out of Bristol Magistrates' Court over unsafe working conditions, including a lack of social distancing, COVID compliant meeting rooms, and inadequate ventilation. The lack of risk assessments and wifi in the cells area has also been criticised.


Does Judicial Diversity Matter?

Post date: 12th of October 2020

We are grateful to Amany for this piece, who is a YLAL member and currently undertaking work experience to save up for her upcoming Bar course.

On 17 September 2020, the Ministry of Justice published its most recent statistics on the diversity of the judiciary. The findings are unambiguous and dispiriting; our judiciary is predominantly white, male and middle class.


Legal Aid and access to justice post COVID-19

Post date: 20th of September 2020

This piece was written by YLAL members Chloe Darcy and Ella Cornwall.


COVID-19: 6 months on

Post date: 20th of September 2020

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.



Extended operating hours in civil, family and criminal courts: what's the problem?

Post date: 12th of September 2020

This piece was written by YLAL member Maariyaah Zamir, a recent LLB graduate.


Legal Aid News: August 2020

Post date: 3rd of September 2020

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from August 2020.


YLAL Statement on the Lord Chancellor's Announcement regarding the Criminal Legal Aid Review

Post date: 23rd of August 2020

On 21 August 2020, the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC, wrote to YLAL in response to our submission to the consultation on the accelerated areas of the Criminal Legal Aid Review.  


YLAL's full submission to the consultation can be found here.



Join the YLAL committee: applications now open!

Post date: 14th of August 2020

Are you looking for a new challenge? YLAL has opportunities for dedicated members to join our national committee and contribute to helping to develop and lead our work.  Find out more and put in an application!


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Regulations that threaten access to justice to be revoked

Post date: 11th of August 2020

We are thrilled to report that the government has conceded that the new “fixed fees” for asylum and immigration legal aid work are unlawful. It will revoke the fixed fees regulations and put transitional measures in place to pay practitioners for the time they actually spend on cases while a proper consultation is undertaken. 

This is a hugely important win for access to justice and follows a series of important legal challenges.


YLAL Leeds: Legal Aid and Domestic Violence

Post date: 7th of August 2020


On 22nd July 2020, YLAL Leeds hosted the virtual event 'Legal Aid and Domestic Violence'. Aaqib Javed, YLAL committee member and future pupil barrister at Spire Barristers, began by introducing the event and the four panellists. He outlined the event’s main focus, domestic violence, and the three main topics to be discussed: the Ministry of Justice Inquiry, the Domestic Abuse Bill, and the important issue of legal aid and access to justice..