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Amnesty research on legal aid cuts

Amnesty International International Secretariat research on the human rights impact of legal aid cuts in the UK 

As part of this research, described below, Amnesty International International Secretariat would like to interview lawyers and others providing front line services (eg those who run advice lines and centres, or drop-in-centres for victims of domestic violence, or children) about their experiences following the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.  
  

BIHR human rights tour 2015

YLAL is taking part in the BIHR human rights tour which is 15 days of action to create debate about human rights. This starts from 2nd October, the anniversary of when the Human Rights Act became law in the UK. YLAL members in Sheffield and Manchester are helping with local events. Please come along to one of them, or any event near you elsewhere in the country, and be part of the conversation about human rights and why they matter. And tell your friends - spread the word beyond the usual suspects!

Talks in schools

Justice Alliance Subgroup: Fat Rat Film in schools

Hopefully by now you will have seen the Fat Rat Film “Legal Aid Team” which was launched in April. For anyone that hasn’t seen it, Legal Aid Team is an “animated superhero adventure film pitting three audacious lawyers against the evil justice minister, Chris Grayling”.

APG Meeting 08/07/2015

REPORT ON APG MEETING, 8 JULY 2015

The new Parliament may be about to rise for the summer but there has been just time enough for the first meeting of the All-Party Group (APG) on Legal Aid, which has been newly constituted with the former Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC elected, unopposed, as chair.

Clients' stories request

Request from YLAL's Siobhan- for clients' stories

As well as being a YLAL member I am also a member of the Access to Justice Committee of Liverpool Law Society. At a recent meeting the committee was told about an information gathering project currently being undertaken by Andrew Caplen (Law Society President).

YLAL June meeting minutes

YLAL meeting minutes 10 June 2015

Attendees: Oliver Carter, Heather Thomas, Camilla Graham Wood, Simao Paxi-Cato, Connor Johnston, Charlie Image, Lydia Andrews, Maia Cohen-Lask, Emily McFadden, Alp Gokturk, Subashini Nathan, Miranda Grell, Franck Magennis, Noemie Adam, Michael Goldin, Richard Bottomley, Andrew Lingard, Susanne Seaton, Verity Quaite, Aine Kervick, Joe Morgan, Michael Etienne, Hannah Manson, Ornina Kassem, Laura Wrixon and others.

1. Welcome and introduction

2. Campaigning for human rights

Gemma on the Magna Carta

Magna Carta stands for justice - not further cuts
30 June 2015

GEMMA BLYTHE_YOUNG LEGAL AID LAWYERS

YLAL Statement on criminal legal aid

YLAL is concerned that the government has decided to proceed with plans to cut criminal legal aid by a further 8.75%, introduce dual contracts for Duty and Own Client work and restrict the number of Duty contracts available to 527 without any further consultation with the profession, other than an email 48 hours before the cuts were announced, asking for information to be provided within 24 hours on the impact on firms of the initial 8.75% cut. This can in no way be seen to be a proper consultation.

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