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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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JusticeWatch: Time for a pay rise?

Posted by - 27th July 2018

Time for a pay rise Ministers had ‘run out of excuses for failing to match legal aid rate increases with public sector worker pay rises’, the Times Brief reported (here). Senior barristers and solicitors pressed the MoJ to match rate rises for criminal defence work with the 3.5% increase announced for junior teachers this week.

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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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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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My Justice First Fellowship: Jenna Hall

Posted by - 3rd July 2018

Jenna Hall, 27, is a Justice First Fellow and trainee solicitor at Clan Childlaw, a charity providing free legal advice and representation to children and young people in Scotland. She is due to qualify in 2019. You can read other articles in the series here. I knew I wanted to help people and become a social welfare

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