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A senior family judge is latest to speak out on legal aid

Posted by - 16th October 2017

Mr Justice Body shared his shame at hearing cases where parties are forced to represent themselves in court. Speaking at his retirement ceremony, Bodey who has sat in the Family Division of the High Court for almost 20 years, said he had seen a growing rise in the number of litigants in person, unequipped to

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‘Deep problems’ with some firms says LAA

Posted by - 9th October 2017

Compliance rates by legal aid firms have improved, but ‘deep problems’ remain with some, one of the Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) top brass warned. John Sirodcar, head of contract management at the LAA said that compliance rates by legal aid firms had improved, evidenced by the fact that the number of contract notices issued last

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A cut too far: LASPO and the survivors of domestic violence

Posted by - 5th October 2017

The 2013 legal aid cuts left victims of domestic violence stranded in abusive relationships and need to be reformed. Estelle du Boulay, director of Rights of Women, explains why The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 removed legal aid from private family law cases with one exception – domestic violence. Or so

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Tories hint at limited legal aid reform

Posted by - 3rd October 2017

Conservative MPs signalled their support for greater provision of legal aid to help people obtain early advice. Speaking at a fringe event organised by LawWorks during the Conservative party conference in Manchester, the solicitor general Robert Buckland indicated that aspects of the legal aid cuts introduced by the coalition government should be revisited. He accepted

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Harry Potter and the Ministry of Magic

Posted by - 29th September 2017

Sue James with more tales from the housing duty desk. You can read other articles by Sue in the series here Stepping through the doors of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), it was hard not to think of Harry Potter and the Ministry of Magic. There were no moving staircases, but nothing was as it

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This (young legal aid) life: Siobhan Taylor-Ward

Posted by - 22nd September 2017

It’s Monday morning. I’ve ensured the kids have safely gone to school then headed for physiotherapy, arriving at work at 9:30am.  This article is part of The (young legal aid) life series – you can read the other articles here Before I’ve taken my coat off my phone is ringing. It’s Cumbria Social Services calling about one of my

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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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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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