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Legal Aid for victims of domestic violence

Also on the 19th September the High Court granted permission for a judicial review challenging the lawfulness of legal aid changes affecting victims of domestic violence.

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Children's Rights, Family Law, Legal Aid

Local Welfare Advice Schemes

R(Christian Jump) v (1) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (2) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government CO/1838/2014

The UK government has agreed to reconsider its decision to cease funding for Local Welfare Advice Schemes, which were established in 2012 to provide emergency support for vulnerable and poor English citizens in crisis.

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Legal Aid, Social Security

The Queen on the application of CLSA and LCCSA v The Lord Chancellor (2014) EWHC 3020 (Admin)

The Queen on the application of CLSA and LCCSA v The Lord Chancellor (2014) EWHC 3020 (Admin)

On 19th September the High Court ruled that the Ministry of Justice’s consultation process to reform criminal legal aid was unfair. 

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Criminal Law, Legal Aid

Court of Appeal overturns fraud trial legal aid ruling

On 21st May the Court of Appeal in England and Wales quashed the decision to halt a multimillion pound fraud trial after the defendants argued they could not get a fair trial because of cuts to legal aid. 

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Legal Aid

Criminal Legal Aid: Cuts, Protests and Fall Outs

The debacle over the Ministry of Justice’s plans to slice £215m out of England and Wales’ annual legal aid budget continues.  Criminal solicitors and probation officers staged a two day walk out on 30th March and 1st April.  The combined demonstration’s aim was to bring the criminal justice system in magistrates and crown courts across England and Wales to a standstill. 

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Criminal Law, Legal Aid

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