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#YLALVirtual 28 April 2021 - Protecting human rights in an age of authoritarianism

At our #YLALVirtual on Wednesday 28 April at 6.30pm, our incredible expert panel (featuring Shami Chakrabarti, Michael Mansfield QC, Chai Patel, Katy Watts and Audrey Cherryl Mogan) discussed the issues and impact of legislative policy seen in the debates on:

 

  • the genocide amendment to the Trade Bill;
  • the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021;
  • the Government's New Plan for Immigration; and
  • the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Some of our excellent YLAL volunteers also produced fact sheets on each of the items (combined reading time approx. 20 minutes). We are grateful to Luned Jewell, Anuya Pai, Wing S. Ng and Samantha Orenstein for their work on these. In addition, the team at Liberty has kindly allowed us to share its briefing on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill before second reading in the House of Commons (March 2021) which goes into additional detail.

We are grateful to Garden Court Chambers for hosting the event.

YLAL publish social mobility report

In line with the government's 'national crusade' on social mobility, YLAL has carried out its own investigations within the legal aid sector. Our report shows that fears that the legal aid sector could become pale and stale, as predicted by YLAL representative Kat Craig at our question time, look set to materialise. Download our social mobility report below.

Read article in Law Society Gazette here

Magee review: YLAL response

The Ministry of Justice has announced yet another review of legal aid, the Magee review. See http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/newsrelease131009a.htm

YLAL includes both criminal and civil practitioners. We welcome any endeavour to protect both the civil and criminal budgets. But we continue to believe that there should be no cap. Rather, adequate access to justice for both those with civil and criminal legal problems must be available when needed and administered by a truly independent body.