Crime legal aid cuts: your view

What is this all about?

The Government has announced a new consultation on cuts to criminal legal aid, specifically its plans to reduce the number of contracts that let firms do “duty solicitor” work. The Government wants to drop the number of contracts from the current figure of around 1,600 contracts to 525.

Legal aid news - 28 Sept 2014

  • The judicial review challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s criminal legal aid consultation was successful, with judgment handed down by the Administrative Court on 16 September 2014. Our report of the judgment is here, with an extended version at Legal Voice here.

LAPG Conference - 10.10.2014

The Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) Annual Conference is only a few weeks away - this year it will be held on Friday 10 October at Herbert Smith Freehills in London.

Next APG meeting - 16.10.2014

The All Party Group (APG) on legal aid is delighted to announce its next breakfast meeting on access to justice for children and young people. The meeting will be held in the Jubilee Room in Parliament on Thursday 16 October 2014 from 8.30 to 10.00am.

Criminal legal aid JR successful

A judicial review challenge to the lawfulness of the government consultation on reforms to criminal legal aid was successful this week, as the Administrative Court held that failures in the consultation process were “so unfair as to result in illegality”. The case was brought jointly by the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) and the Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) against the Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling.

DV gateway JR granted permission

On Friday permission was granted for a judicial review of regulations made under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act setting out 'gateway' criteria for legal aid applicants to prove that they are victims of domestic violence.

CILEx enquiry

"The future of the legal workforce-can paralegals meet market needs?"

Manchester meeting on 23.09

Justice Alliance North and Access to Advice are organising a public meeting about the future of free, publicly funded advice during the Labour party conference. It will take place on Tuesday 23 September 2014 from 5 pm in Manchester.

Legal aid news - 10 Sept 2014

  • The judicial review of the government’s decision to impose a 17.5% reduction on criminal legal aid and reduce the number of duty contracts from around 1,600 to 525 was heard by the Administrative Court on 8 and 9 September. The case was brought by the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and the Criminal Law Solicitors Association. Judgment is expected in early October.

APPG report

All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid: Where to turn now for legal advice? Assisting constituents after the cuts to legal aid

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Legal Aid met on 3 September 2014 to discuss the effect of cuts to legal aid on access to legal advice. The APPG is a group of MPs and peers who meet regularly in Parliament to discuss and debate legal aid issues. It is organised jointly by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) and Young Legal Aid Lawyers.


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