Gove takes over at the MoJ

Date: 12th May 2015 Categories:

  On Tuesday last week the Justice Alliance held a demonstration outside the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to celebrate the departure of Chris Grayling as Justice Secretary. Grayling in his term of office had become a hate figure for many …

Civil legal aid after polling day

  Legal aid and access to justice has not featured much in the general election campaign. The party manifestos include only scant references to it, but LAG argues the next government should not ignore the problems caused by the budget cuts …

Legal aid cuts protest

Date: 30th April 2015 Categories:

  Campaign group the Justice Alliance is holding a “Farewell to Grayling” event outside the Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London at 5pm on Tuesday (5th May).   Criminal legal aid firms have to complete their tenders for duty …

Polls show public support for legal aid

    Results of an opinion poll published today shows that the public rate the right to access to justice above that of free health care at the point of use. This new research confirms the findings from previous polls conducted by LAG …

Criminal legal aid tenders the final verdict?

Date: 25th March 2015 Categories:

In a devastating blow to criminal legal aid lawyers the Court of Appeal has rejected their attempt to block the government’s introduction of a new system for duty contracts in police stations and magistrates courts. LAG believes the government’s plans, …

Legal aid manifesto- good ideas need costing

      Later today the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) will launch its Manifesto for Legal Aid,* details of which were revealed in this month’s Legal Action. The document calls for changes to be made to the legal aid …

Critical report offers few solutions

Another damming report on the government’s legal aid changes was published yesterday (12th March). Unfortunately, while the House of Commons Justice Committee report eloquently describes the problems caused by the cuts to legal aid and advice services it is rather …

Follow-up Low Commission report launched

      The Low Commission launched its follow-up report, Getting it right or getting it wrong, at an event in the House of Commons yesterday.   Speakers from the three main political parties spoke in support of the Commission’s …

Duty tenders what next?

Date: 20th February 2015 Categories:

Despite their victory in the criminal legal aid judicial reviews this week some doubts remain over whether the government will be able to restart the duty tender process, suspended pending the judgement.   The Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and London …

Government failing victims of domestic violence

Date: 23rd January 2015 Categories:

    It is clear from the judgement published yesterday, in the judicial review case brought by Rights of Women (RoW), the regulations on qualifying for legal aid are failing many victims of domestic violence. What is bitterly disappointing is …

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