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Judicial review of new professional body for criminal lawyers in England is dismissed

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) of England and Wales took a judicial review against a number of professional regulatory bodies, including the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the overall regulator for the legal sector, the Legal Services Board (LSB). As mentioned in previous editions of the Update, other parties such as the Law Society have been granted permission to intervene.

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Legal Aid, Legal Profession, Other Public Interest Cases

Following reforms in England, victims of domestic violence are finding it difficult to access Legal Aid

Women’s Aid, Welsh Women’s Aid and Rights of Women have published a joint report regarding the new eligibility criteria for Legal Aid in cases of domestic violence. According to the report, 6 out of 10 victims of domestic violence are unable to access Legal Aid.

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Solicitors and Barristers in England protest over Legal Aid cuts

In a move that has been reported in various parts media in a number of Solicitors and Barristers in England and Wales refused to attend Courts across the jurisdiction on the morning of the 06th January 2014. The reasons for doing so related to the proposed 30% cuts to Legal Aid fees about to be introduced by the government in criminal cases. There are also great concerns about the large number of categories of cases where Legal Aid will no longer be available.

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Important victory for eligibility of Legal Aid in England for those challenging decisions to detain them under the Mental Capacity Act

A firm of Solicitors in England and Wales has forced a concession from the Department of Justice regarding the provision of Legal Aid under the new system. A decision was taken to remove from eligibility patients who were challenging decisions by the authorities to detain them under the Mental Capacity Act.
 
London firm Creighton & Partners, acting pro bono, asked the Court of Protection to consider the legality of regulations introduced in April that stopped legal aid for a detained person once a court began considering the case.
 

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