Category Archives: criminal justice system

Proposed criminal legal aid cuts condemned

        A consultation on proposals which could cut over £40m in fees to criminal legal aid firms has been launched by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).   Under the MoJ’s plans payments for case preparation in Crown …

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 …

Celebrating u-turns

      Rather like the u-turns made by many drivers, the ones executed by Michael Gove, while Justice Secretary, should be seen as corrections of navigational errors rather than any a sign of weakness or, lack of direction. There …

Learning from mistakes

Date: 10th June 2016 Categories:

A consultation on new criminal legal aid contracts was announced by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) earlier this week. The announcement follows justice secretary Michael Gove’s u-turn in January on the controversial two tier contracts.  The LAA also announced on …

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 …

Criminal legal aid controversy

Date: 10th September 2015 Categories:

Criminal legal aid firms are currently awaiting the results of their applications for duty contracts for police station and magistrate’s court work. There has been some speculation that this will happen over the next couple of days, but LAG has …

Details of criminal tenders announced

      Today the Legal Aid Agency has announced details of the tenders for duty work in criminal cases. They confirmed that 1,099 bids had been received and that they were short of bids in only three areas Devon …

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, …

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 …

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