The year so far

YLAL Response to HPCDS Survey

Post date: 11th of June 2019

YLAL submitted the following responses to the Ministry of Justice's survey on the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS):

Considering the scheme as a whole, are you able to give examples of what works well?

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Statement on CBA vote for action- 10 June 2019

Post date: 10th of June 2019

YLAL statement on the Criminal Bar Association vote to take action

A career at the criminal bar is becoming financially unsustainable” – YLAL member

YLAL fully supports the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) decision to take action in relation to pay for defence and prosecution counsel.

An overwhelming number of CBA members voted for action, with 94% and 95% for defence and prosecution schemes respectively.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with our members, friends and colleagues who are taking part.

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Parliamentary debate on legal aid for inquests - 10 April 2019

Post date: 30th of May 2019

On 10 April 2019, Parliament held a debate on the availability of legal aid for bereaved families at inquests, particularly those in which State agents are legally represented. Attached to this page is a helpful summary of the issues raised during the debate . YLAL are grateful to volunteer Freya Oldaker for preparing this summary.

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Statement: Report by UN Special Rapporteur

Post date: 22nd of May 2019

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) welcomes the publication today (22 May 2019) of the final report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, following his visit to the United Kingdom in November 2018.

The UN Special Rapporteur rightly states that legal aid has been "dramatically reduced" in England and Wales since the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). The report notes that the number of cases funded by civil legal aid "declined by a staggering 82 per cent between 2010-11 and 2017-18".

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Legal aid news: March 2019

Post date: 25th of April 2019

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from March 2019.

Sir Henry Brooke essay prize: On 16 March, at the second “Young Lawyers Making Change” conference, which we hosted with the Legal Education Foundation and Public Law Project,  we launched the first Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize.

Following his death in January 2018, the Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize seeks to honour the legacy of Sir Henry Brooke, a former Court of Appeal judge who became a tireless campaigner on issues including access to justice during his retirement.

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Statement on legal aid for Shamima Begum

Post date: 16th of April 2019

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) notes the media reports stating that legal aid funding will be granted to Shamima Begum, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join ISIS at the age of 15.

YLAL staunchly believes that public funding should be available to all those who cannot afford to pay for their own legal advice and representation. Access to justice is a fundamental human right, and a crucial component of the rule of law in our democratic society.

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Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize 2019

Post date: 16th of March 2019

Following his death in January 2018, the Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize seeks to honour the legacy of Sir Henry Brooke, a former Court of Appeal judge who became a tireless campaigner during retirement on issues including access to justice. His post-judicial renown owed much to his enthusiastic adoption of digital technology; many came to know of him through his blog and tweets.

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Legal aid news: January and February 2019

Post date: 12th of March 2019

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from January and February 2019.

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Conference: The Fight For Social Justice

Post date: 11th of February 2019

The Fight For Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change

We are delighted to be hosting our second joint conference with Public Law Project and the Legal Education Foundation's Justice First Fellows on Saturday 16 March 2019 at BPP Waterloo in London. 

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A turning point for access to justice?

Post date: 8th of February 2019

YLAL co-chair Oliver Carter has written for The Justice Gap about the government's review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), which brought in huge cuts to legal aid.

You can read the full article here, and we have copied part of it below:

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