JusticeWatch: Growing ‘justice gap’ in discrimination cases

Posted by - 21st June 2019

David vs Goliath Victims of discrimination were being denied access to justice and offenders going unchallenged as a result of a ‘failing’ legal aid system, as reported in the Justice Gap. A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission revealed that between 2014 and 2018 no workplace discrimination cases were backed by legal aid

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JusticeWatch: Droughts and deserts

Posted by - 14th June 2019

Droughts and deserts Barrister Jo Wilding published new research on the supply side of the market for immigration and asylum legal aid services. The map above shows large areas (in grey) where there are no providers at all. But even in areas where there is at least one provider, the research reveals that ‘advice droughts’ can

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JusticeWatch: #TakeYourMPtoWork

Posted by - 7th June 2019

#TakeYourMPtoWork The Young Legal Aid Lawyers and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid are running a joint campaign: #TakeYourMPtoWork. They say: ‘We’re organising MPs to visit law centres and legal advice clinics during June to see first-hand why comprehensive early legal advice is so vital. MPs will meet with legal aid lawyers and in many cases shadow

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JusticeWatch: LALYS 2019 shortlist announced

Posted by - 31st May 2019

LASPO cuts ‘exacerbate extreme poverty’ The ‘dramatic rolling back’ of the legal aid scheme has been identified as one of the causes of ‘the systematic immiseration of millions’ across the UK, according to the UN’s expert on poverty and human rights Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, called the imposition

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JusticeWatch: New line up at the MoJ

Posted by - 10th May 2019

New line up at the MoJ The prime minister ‘appears to have taken advantage of a comparative lull in politics to shuffle roles at the Ministry of Justice’, reported the Law Society’s Gazette. Robert Buckland QC MP has been appointed as a minister of state with responsibility for prisons, replacing Rory Stewart MP. Buckland is

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JusticeWatch: Last chance for the CPS

Posted by - 3rd May 2019

Last chance The criminal Bar is threatening direct action. Chris Henley QC, the head of the Criminal Bar Association, in a message to the profession headed ‘Tuesday is the last chance for the CPS’, reported on recent meetings with CPS senior management team. ‘On each occasion we have made it clear that the state of

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All my days: Pippa Banham

Posted by - 3rd May 2019

Pippa Banham is a trainee solicitor and Justice First Fellow at Suffolk Law Centre (SLC), which is one of the UK’s newest law centres. She is due to qualify in 2021. Before starting her training contract, Pippa was a discrimination legal advisor at SLC, and was previously a core member of No More Page 3,

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Lessons from the Birmingham Pub Bombing inquest

Posted by - 3rd May 2019

The inquest into the deaths of 21 innocent civilians in the Birmingham Pub Bombings 1974 has now concluded. The inquest was heard before a jury and lasted six weeks. Over 28,000 pieces of evidence were disclosed. Witnesses included civilians, police officers, emergency response crew and former members of the IRA. The jury returned a verdict

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JusticeWatch: Sharing Solutions

Posted by - 26th April 2019

Sharing Solutions Conference Sign up for a conference aimed at people working in the access to justice sector. It takes place on Tuesday May 21, 2019 at Allen & Overy’s London office. It is a collaboration between LegalVoice, the Advice Service Alliance, the LIP Support Strategy and the Access to Justice Foundation. Attending the conference is free though a refundable £20

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JusticeWatch: Toppling the fourth pillar

Posted by - 12th April 2019

No level playing field Scotland Yard and other state bodies spent ‘almost half a million pounds in public money’ on lawyers at the Westminster terrorist attack inquest while victims’ families were denied legal aid, reported The Times. ‘Government agencies spent a total of £493,000 on legal fees whereas the families of the victims had to rely on pro bono assistance or private funding

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