Bach Commission calls for ‘legally enforceable’ right to justice and for eligibility to legal aid to cover half of all households

Posted by - 22nd September 2017

The Bach Commission has called for ‘a new legally enforceable right to justice’ and a widening in scope for the legal scheme to ‘fix the crisis in the justice system’ in its final report published today. The independent group, set up by the Labour party and backed  by the Fabian Society, has heard from more than 100

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LASPO cuts leave thousands of lone migrant children at ‘serious risk’, says Children’s Society

Posted by - 5th September 2017

The LASPO ‘safety net’ was leaving thousands of lone migrant children at ‘serious risk’, according to a report published by the Children’s Society last month. As a result of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, support for all non-asylum immigration claims was cut subject to its controversial exception case funding (ECF)

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"Lira, Uganda - June 9, 2007: Unidentified children in the dirt streets in Lira, Uganda on June 9, 2007"

Time to rethink access to justice

Posted by - 27th July 2017

In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on employment tribunal fees, the lack of legal aid for Charlie Gard’s parents and the help needed by the Grenfell Tower victims, Russell Conway hopes the time has come to reassess the justice system While in Uganda recently I was intrigued by aspects of remote village architecture. I

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‘The LASPO cuts have created a two-tier justice system’

Posted by - 25th July 2017

Amnesty International is best known for its work exposing human rights abuses in far-flung parts of the world. Here, Rachel Logan, the group’s human rights programme director, explains why Amnesty is concerned about ‘two-tier justice’ in the UK A full version of this article appear in the latest  issue of Proof (Life in the Justice

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Millennial baby-boom time bomb for criminal courts

Posted by - 12th July 2017

The number of young men entering the criminal justice it is set to rise as boys born after the millennium hit 17, according to a leading criminal lawyer who warned that the Ministry of Justice will have to find more money to deal with the spike. Greg Powell, president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’

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The empathy deficit

Posted by - 22nd June 2017

Sue James with more tales from the housing duty desk – read other articles in the series here. The door to the judge’s chambers is shut but you can still hear the shouting from within. People start to look up and around, slightly embarrassed. The shouting continues from inside the court and I catch the eye

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What next for the CCMS?

Posted by - 15th June 2017

Chris Minnoch, operations director at the Legal Aid Practitioner’s Group, discusses the results of a survey on the working of the Legal Aid Agency’s Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) and finds that although it continues to pose a plethora of problems on a daily basis, practitioners do not want to go back to paper.

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