Expenditure continues to fall faster than workload

Posted by - 1st October 2015

Statistics published for the period January to March 2015 show that expenditure on legal aid continues to fall faster than workload following the introduction of LASPO (PDF). Both criminal and civil workloads continue to decrease year on year, but the cuts to legal aid continue to outstrip the level of work. In the crime lower

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Exceptional funding safety net ‘not in accordance with the law’

Posted by - 16th July 2015

Vulnerable claimants are not being provided with legal aid under exceptional case funding ‘safety net’ rules, according to Mr Justice Collins. The judge ruled that there ‘must be changes to the scheme’ and that the scheme was ‘not in accordance with the law’. The ‘main problem’ was  with the forms which were ‘far too complicated and are

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Legal Aid Team: ‘We need to make people laugh…’

Posted by - 23rd March 2015

The biggest step that the government took to reduce the legal aid spend was the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012, which intended to cut legal aid in areas of law such as family, social welfare, housing, employment and more. Despite a large opposition, this Act came into force on 1st

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MPs call for campaign to counter ‘widespread impression’ that legal aid is ‘almost non-existent’

Posted by - 12th March 2015

MPs have called upon the Ministry of Justice to launch a public campaign ‘to combat the widespread impression’ that legal aid was ‘almost non-existent’. Whilst the Government through the LASPO cuts to the civil legal aid scheme of April 2013  achieved its aim of ‘substantially reducing’ the budget, the House of Commons’ justice committee has concluded

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Criminal legal aid & domestic violence JRs: the MoJ strikes back

Posted by - 27th February 2015

In the weeks leading up to the government’s prestigious Global Law Summit, the ‘improper, revolting and dreadfully conceived enterprise’ to (prematurely) celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, there was finally some good news from the courts for the Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, in the form of two judgments upholding the legality of controversial legal

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Legal aid cuts create false economy, says Court of Appeal

Posted by - 13th February 2015

A Court of Appeal judge questioned whether the cuts to legal aid actually saved the public purse any money. In Lindner v Rawlins, the Appeal judges lamented the legal aid cuts, which resulted in ‘an expensive use of judicial time’, because they had to take on work normally handled by lawyers. The court refused to criticise a husband litigant in person,

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Margaret Hodge: The MoJ has ‘no idea’ whether £300m legal aid cuts will actually save any money

Posted by - 4th February 2015

  MPs attacked the government for introducing swingeing legal aid cuts under LASPO without an evidence base or understanding of their likely impact. In a highly critical report published today (PDF), the House of Commons’ public accounts committee accused the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) of having been ‘slow to fill the considerable gaps in its understanding’.

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