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JusticeWatch: More legal aid chaos

Posted by - 17th August 2018

Legal aid chaos A Guardian editorial offered the paper’s view on legal aid. ‘Barristers and solicitors protesting about cuts don’t attract the same level of public support as doctors and nurses,’ it began. ‘What goes on in the courts is not widely understood, and most people do not expect to need a publicly funded lawyer in

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MPs find ‘worrying level of demoralisation’ in defence profession

Posted by - 26th July 2018

MPs found ‘compelling evidence’ of the ‘fragility’ of the criminal defence sector in a report on recent changes to criminal legal aid published today. The House of Commons’ justice committee recorded ‘a worrying level of demoralisation’ amongst criminal defence solicitors and called the pressure placed on defence lawyers to review unused material ‘fundamentally unfair’. Recognising a

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The Jeanie Project: help ‘transform’ legal system by equipping community groups with AI technology

Posted by - 25th July 2018

A new charity seeking to promote access to justice by equipping hundreds of community groups with ground-breaking technology to support poor and vulnerable people has been launched. The Jeanie Project is an initiative that is being spearhead by the former Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff CBE, together with the Society’s head of legal aid Richard

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JusticeWatch: Cutting corners

Posted by - 20th July 2018

Legal aid deserts Legal aid cuts have seen human rights become ‘unaffordable’ for many, as reported on Politics Home. In a damning report, the Joint Committee on Human Rights said cuts and reforms to the system had left them with ‘grave concerns for access to justice, the rule of law, and enforcement of human rights

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JusticeWatch: Another LASPO U-turn

Posted by - 13th July 2018

Another LASPO U-turn Legal aid for vulnerable migrant children who are in the UK alone has been restored in what has been hailed as ‘a major U-turn by the Government’. Unaccompanied minors had been facing ‘a punishing combination of cuts to legal aid and skyrocketing Home Office application fees’ since the 2013 LASPO cuts, according to

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JusticeWatch: The roadblock to recovery

Posted by - 6th July 2018

The roadblock to recovery Practical problems, such as facing eviction or losing one’s job, can cause or exacerbate mental health problems, according to a new report by Citizens Advice (The Roadblock to Recovery). Last year over 100,000 people with mental health problems sought their help. Almost two-thirds of mental health practitioners (65%) have seen an

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MoJ scraps housing court duty scheme tender

Posted by - 5th July 2018

The Ministry of Justice has scrapped the tender for the housing possession court duty scheme following the successful challenge brought by the Law Centres Network. There are currently 113 duty desk schemes and last year the MoJ decided to consolidate them into 47 schemes through a tender including price competition. The LCN argued that the MoJ’s reforms were

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