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‘Devastating’: sector responds to LASPO review

Posted by - 17th October 2018

After failing to meet its own summer deadline for the long-awaited review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), the Ministry of Justice recently closed the opportunity to submit evidence. A wide variety of legal organisations took the opportunity to voice their concerns and, perhaps unsurprisingly, their contributions paint a

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JusticeWatch: ‘A searing injustice’

Posted by - 11th October 2018

A searing injustice It was unacceptable that bereaved families were ‘forced to crowdfund’ and to ‘rely on the generosity of others’ while state parties had unlimited access to the best lawyers paid for by the public purse, said Deborah Coles, Inquest’s executive director. The Guardian reported on the plight parents of vulnerable student Natasha Abrahart who took her own life

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Justice in a time of Austerity survey #1: Experiences of civil justice

Posted by - 10th October 2018

Justice in a Time of Austerity is a project about peoples’ experiences of the civil justice system after the 2013 legal aid cuts. It combines academic and journalistic research to better understand the experiences of people as they move through the justice system of England and Wales. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders

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JusticeWatch: ‘Dodging the difficult questions’

Posted by - 5th October 2018

Political interference BuzzFeed News reported that three politically sensitive cases challenging the government were refused legal aid after the MoJ became aware of the application including the successful attempt to overturn Chris Grayling’s notorious book ban. Decisions about legal aid are made by the Legal Aid Agency – ‘a theoretically independent arm of the MoJ’ as Emily Dugan writing for BuzzFeed News put

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Access to justice: information in replacement of legal advice

Posted by - 4th October 2018

Over several decades, mediation has taken on an increasingly visible role in the family justice system within England and Wales. Policy documents since the 1970s clearly promote mediation as a solution to the numerous problems facing family justice. The main objectives of family mediation fit neatly with neoliberal thought, including the desire to minimise conflict,

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LASPO review: Families in poverty excluded from legal aid

Posted by - 4th October 2018

The legal aid means test was set so low that families in poverty were being refused help to fight eviction, claimed the Law Society in its response to the government’s LASPO review. According to Chancery Lane, people on incomes as little as 10% below the minimum income standard (a figure based on what the public

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JusticeWatch: Justice in a time of austerity launch

Posted by - 28th September 2018

Justice in a Time of Austerity ‘The disastrous impact of austerity on the English justice system is increasingly being recognised,’ wrote Dr Daniel Newman on the Justice Gap introducing a new post-LASPO project: Justice in a time of austerity. ‘It is becoming impossible to deny that justice is in crisis; an under-funded, declining institution whose problems

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Labour pledges to reinstate access to early legal help

Posted by - 28th September 2018

A Labour government would rebuild legal aid as ‘a pillar of the welfare state’ with a pledge to return funding for early legal help. Speaking in Liverpool at the party’s conference, the shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon has promised that ‘empowering the communities most affected by Conservative cuts’ would be a priority for Labour. The

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