Category Archives: criminal legal aid

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 …

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 …

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 courts charges abolished

Date: 3rd December 2015 Categories:

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has today scrapped the fee levied on defendants pleading not guilty in criminal cases.   Around 100 magistrates had resigned in protest over the policy and in October the House of Lords voted 100 to 132 …

Criminal tenders be careful what you wish for

Date: 22nd October 2015 Categories:

While the waiting for the results of the criminal duty contract tenders is now over, the uncertainty for both the winners and losers amongst criminal legal aid firms looks set to continue. The tender announcements made last week seem set …

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 …

Criminal lawyers strike

Date: 1st July 2015 Categories:

  Criminal legal aid firms are usually too afraid of rivals poaching their clients to go on strike, but the Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove’s decision to go ahead with a fee cut from today (1st July), has led to a …

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 …

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