Category Archives: Houses of Parliament

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 …

Making access to justice a priority

Date: 3rd September 2014 Categories:

  This morning the new parliamentary term for the legal aid and advice lobby kicked off with a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid. Parliamentarians at the meeting reflected on the problems caused by the legal …

Human Rights Committee Slams Government Proposals

Date: 13th December 2013 Categories:

An influential parliamentary committee has criticised the government’s proposals on legal aid.   In a report published today, the Joint Committee on Human Rights calls for the proposed residence test for legal aid to be introduced by primary legislation, so …

Last rites for civil legal aid

A raft of secondary legislation has been going through parliament in recent weeks to implement the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act. Yesterday, the last day the House of Lords was sitting before the Easter break, the final …

Government legal aid defeat in Lords

Date: 11th December 2012 Categories:

  Last week, members of the House of Lords delivered a rare defeat to the government on secondary legislation to implement the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012.   The government had proposed that a First-tier Tribunal …

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 …

Legal aid bill back in the Commons

Date: 12th April 2012 Categories:

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, known as the Legal Aid Bill, returns to the House of Commons next Tuesday (17 April). A total of eleven amendments were made to the bill in the Lords, nine of …

Further defeats on legal aid bill for government

Date: 28th March 2012 Categories:

Last night the government suffered two further defeats on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (known as the Legal Aid Bill) at report stage in the House of Lords. Peers have now voted in favour of eleven …

Time to compromise on legal aid bill?

Date: 16th March 2012 Categories:

Another week goes by and the government suffers another significant defeat in the debate on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, known as the Legal Aid Bill. The question is will they accept the Lords’ amendments or …

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 …

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