The Court of Appeal ruled this week that the proposed residence test for civil legal aid is not unlawful, overturning the a judgment by the High Court last year that the secondary legislation implementing the test was ultra vires and unjustifiably discriminatory. The judgment is available here.
Our co-chair Ollie has written for The Justice Gap about the judgment - you can read his article here. Public Law Project, the charity which brought the judicial review challenge to the lawfulness of the residence test, has announced that it will seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. Bindmans, the solicitors representing Public Law Project, put out this press release following the judgment.
We will keep members updated with any further news about the residence test and will continue to campaign against this discriminatory measure.