Category Archives: human rights

Low Commission Report Published

The independent commission established by LAG and led by the cross-bench peer Lord Low has published its report today, 9th January. The Commission is calling for urgent reforms to ensure ordinary people can get the help they need to deal …

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 …

Dramatic Fall in Employment Tribunal Cases

Date: 23rd October 2013 Categories:

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show a large decline in the number of claims received by the Employment Tribunals after the introduction of fees at the end of July this year (see link below).     From …

Government failing public on civil legal aid

Date: 9th September 2013 Categories:

While the government’s climb down on competitive tendering for criminal legal aid might be grabbing the headlines, an invidious attack on the availability of civil legal aid to the public is going unnoticed. Figures from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) …

Foreign national prisoners

Date: 9th February 2012 Categories:

Last night LAG launched its latest book, Foreign National Prisoners: law and practice. The law permits prisoners from foreign countries to continue being detained on completion of their sentences pending deportation. The book discusses the legal procedures which permit this, …

Looming Autumn of discontent and a minister in trouble

Date: 28th July 2011 Categories:

Parliament rose for its summer break last week after the Prime Minister David Cameron had given his statement on the phone tapping scandal. The day before on 19 July the Committee scrutinising the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders …

Civil liberties policy: more liberal than conservative?

Date: 17th May 2010 Categories:

A few days on from the tumultuous events of last week and the UK is settling down to coalition government. Details of specific policies have yet to emerge, but the signs are hopeful as regards human rights and civil liberties. …

A bill of rights election

Date: 11th January 2010 Categories:

Last week saw the opening shots of what is likely to be a four-month general election campaign, assuming Gordon Brown goes for the predicted 6 May polling day. The Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998 will feature in this campaign as …

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