Category Archives: civil legal aid

Post LASPO decline in civil legal aid continues

    Since the implementation of the LASPO*  cuts in April 2013 the number of civil legal aid cases has reduced by two-thirds. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last month show a continuing decline in the take-up …

Justice in freefall

Date: 19th December 2016 Categories:

  LAG ends the year with a new report analysing the Ministry of Justice’s legal aid statistics and other evidence to identify the key trends in the legal aid market since the passage and implementation of LASPO (the Legal Aid, …

Change to legal aid merits test

Something unusual happened in the House of Commons last month, it seems unprompted the government made an amendment to the regulations on legal aid which would benefit access to justice.   As the Minister, Sir Oliver Heald, explained to the Delegated …

Cuts which hurt – Amnesty International weigh in..

Date: 11th October 2016 Categories:

  We of course tend to think of Amnesty International in terms of their work on the global stage for human rights, especially reporting on countries with poor penal systems and oppressed civil societies. But their report on the impact …

More justice reforms in the post LASPO age

    Ministry of Justice scrutineers have a lot of reading to do as on September 15th no less than 15 substantial documents have been published on the same day including:-   ●  A detailed consultation on tribunals and courts …

And then there were none!

We used to warn about “advice deserts” and illustrate this by pointing to the dwindling numbers of civil legal aid suppliers left in some areas of the country and in some areas of law. As legal aid suppliers have consolidated …

New leadership at the MoJ

Date: 18th July 2016 Categories:

A new ministerial team has been appointed at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after the appointment of Liz Truss as the new Secretary of State for Justice. Her predecessor, Michael Gove, was planning big policy reforms in prisons and the …

Further delay to CCMS needed

Date: 23rd March 2016 Categories:

    CCMS the Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) online system for all applications for civil legal aid is supposed to be made mandatory from 1st April, but the system still seems not up to the job. Officials at the LAA …

A fresh start for criminal legal aid

    It’s probably a headline in itself that a Justice Secretary got it so right. That’s what happened yesterday with Gove’s announcements on criminal legal aid, but the reason why he was forced into to making this policy U-turn …

Action needed on advice deserts

Date: 23rd December 2015 Categories:

Pinning down precisely how many not for profit (NfP) legal advice centres there are and what they do is a difficult exercise. This is due to the eclectic mix providers and lack of overall planning in the sector. A survey …

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