Category Archives: domestic violence

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 …

Legal Aid Act – the fight goes on

Date: 22nd May 2012 Categories:

What is covered by legal aid has not been set in stone by the passing of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (‘the Legal Aid Act’). LAG expects that both secondary legislation and test cases will …

Vote on domestic violence amendment lost

Date: 26th April 2012 Categories:

Losing votes is not like losing football matches. Both can turn on luck or chance, but no matter how passionate a team and its supporters are, losing a match is ultimately part of the game, whereas much more can hinge …

Last-ditch concessions on legal aid bill

Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, announced further concessions on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, known as the Legal Aid Bill, last night in the House of Commons, but if the bill becomes law next week many thousands …

Clarke plays hardball with Lords

Despite huge opposition to parts of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (known as the Legal Aid Bill) from crossbench and opposition peers, the Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has decided to reject most of the 11 amendments …

Government loses crucial votes in Lords on legal aid

Peers in the House of Lords inflicted a number of significant defeats on the government this week over its proposals for legal aid. They were debating the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which has reached the report …

Legal aid bill concessions

Date: 2nd March 2012 Categories:

On Wednesday, the government announced two further concessions on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, known as the Legal Aid Bill. The bill reaches the crucial report stage in the House of Lords on Monday (5 March) …

Legal aid bill domestic violence concession?

Date: 3rd February 2012 Categories:

So far the government has made two concessions on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (‘the Legal Aid Bill’), currently in the committee stage of the House of Lords. It seems more concessions might be on the …

Legal aid and domestic violence

Date: 24th October 2011 Categories:

LAG has been working with the Women’s Institute (WI), Rights of Women (ROW) and other organisations to try and influence the government into rethinking its proposals on restricting legal aid to women and other victims of domestic violence. We are …

Legal aid bill amendments

Date: 6th September 2011 Categories:

The committee scrutinising the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill resumes its work today (Tuesday 6 September). A number of amendments have been put forward for consideration by members of the committee which includes the justice minister Jonathan …

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