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Any chance of compensation?


Following Michael Gove’s announcement that he was abandoning a new contracting regime for criminal legal aid, some criminal defence firms are considering whether to seek compensation from the government.

While welcoming the decision not to go ahead with the introduction of the dual contracting system, shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter told the House of Commons: “This has been an appalling use of taxpayers’ money. It has posed an existential threat to a fundamental part of our legal system, and it has caused uncertainty, failure and distress to thousands of hard-working small businesses throughout the country.” Read the full story

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Legal aid contracts: what now?


For the past couple of years the Legal Aid Agency has been fighting a fruitless battle with the legal profession over the legal aid contracts system. Right up to the last minute the Agency was stubbornly protesting that the legal actions that finally buried the contract nonsense would be stoutly pursued.

Then Michael Gove pulled the rug from underneath them, leaving the Agency to put out the following sad little statement:

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Unlucky seven


The court of appeal has ruled that exceptional legal aid funding should be made available for those fighting deportation in difficult immigration cases..

There has been widespread criticism of the way in which the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) resists providing support despite explicit legal provision in the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (Laspo) for funding in “exceptional cases.”
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Senior judge condemns government’s ‘unprincipled and unconscionable’ behaviour


A senior judge has accused the government of washing its hands of the problem it has created by failing to provide legal aid for vulnerable parents in child custody cases.

The president of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, threatened to make the court itself pay for unrepresented parents battling to stop their child being put up for adoption. In his judgment in the case of two parents and Swindon Borough Council, he said “some state agency” should pay the costs of legal representation for the parents. Read the full story

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Residency test


The Administrative Court has declared that the proposed residence test for civil legal aid is discriminatory and unlawful, following a successful judicial review challenge against the Secretary of State for Justice. In a damning unanimous decision, three senior judges declared the draft regulations now before parliament cannot be enacted by means of secondary legislation.

The case was brought by the Public Law Project, a national legal charity that promotes access to justice. Read the full story

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Mayhem in court


The Judicial Executive Board comprises the most senior judges in England and Wales, including the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls, the president of the Queen’s Bench, and the president of the family court.

What they say therefore carries weight. In a recent written submission to the Justice Committee Inquiry on Civil Legal Aid, the Judicial Executive Board imply that the Ministry of Justice’s policies aiming to reduce the legal aid bill have been counter-productive. Read the full story

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