Articles Archive

Below are all our previously published articles and news items - blog posts will be included here too.

There are also 2 wordpress blog sites which we previously used and for whom content is still available, although they are not currently being updated:

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Legal aid news: August and September 2018

Post date: 29th of October 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from August and September 2018.

Criminal legal aid cuts

August got off to a fantastic start – the Law Society were successful in their challenge to the most recent cuts to criminal legal aid in what the Law Society described as a “ray of light to the justice system.”

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Response to AGFS consultation

Post date: 13th of October 2018

On 12 October 2018, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on 'Amending the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme'. Our full response to the consultation is below.

We told the government that whilst we welcome the much-needed injection of additional funding into the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), we wish to make it absolutely clear that it is not enough. It is not enough to address the crisis within criminal legal aid and, more broadly, the criminal justice system as a whole.

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YLAL Response to LASPO Review

Post date: 30th of September 2018

YLAL has submitted its response to the Ministry of Justice Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

YLAL's submission concludes by setting out our analysis of the impact of LASPO in comparison to the stated aims of the legislation, within which our key proposals for reform are summarised.

Discouraging unnecessary and adversarial litigation at public expense

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YLAL Response: Legal Aid for Inquests

Post date: 7th of September 2018

Many of YLAL's members work closely with organisations such as INQUEST, the charity that supports bereaved families. YLAL supports the following recommendations by INQUEST in relation to legal aid for inquests:

a. Automatic non-means tested funding should be provided to families for specialist legal representation immediately following a state-related death.

b. Legal aid should also include financial support for families, with reference to: travel and subsistence, overnight accommodation, and loss of earnings.

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YLAL Response to LASPO Part 2 consultation

Post date: 7th of September 2018
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act Part II changed the way civil claims can be funded.
 
In YLAL's response to the Government's consultation, we call for an extension of Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting to Judicial Review, Actions Against the Police and Human Rights Act claims. 
 
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Legal aid news: June and July 2018

Post date: 31st of August 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from June and July 2018.

Housing Possession Court Duty (HPCD) scheme judicial review: On 23 June, the High Court handed down the judgment in Law Centres Network v The Lord Chancellor, a challenge to the new scheme which dictates how legal aid providers tender for a housing duty scheme contract. The full judgment can be found here.

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Legal aid news - May 2018

Post date: 27th of June 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from May 2018.

Criminal legal aid: The criminal bar’s action in response to changes to the way in which criminal legal aid work by advocates is remunerated under the reformed Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), which came into force on 1 April, dominated the legal aid news in May.

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YLAL Midlands event: Women in Law

Post date: 18th of June 2018

You can find our live tweeting of the Women in Law event here

This event was hosted by KCH Garden Square Chambers in Nottingham on Wednesday 13 June. It focussed on the progression of women at the Bar, in the solicitors' profession and in the judiciary.

We were joined by:

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Statement on CBA ballot

Post date: 14th of June 2018

On 12 June 2018, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) announced the result of the ballot of its members on whether to accept the government's offer of additional investment in the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) and bring an end to the action which began on 1 April 2018 when the reformed scheme came into operation. 51.55% voted to accept the government's offer.

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Legal aid news - April 2018

Post date: 3rd of June 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from April 2018.

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