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Withholding legal aid in immigration cases unlawful


The Lord Chancellor’s Exceptional Funding Guidance (Non-Inquests) issued under section 4 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, applied by the Legal Aid Agency in withholding legal aid in immigration cases, has been ruled to be unlawful in that it sets too high a threshold.

Collins J sitting in the Queen’s Bench Division so held in a reserved judgment when allowing claims by Teresa Gudanaviciene and five other claimants, for judicial review of the decision of the first defendant, the Director of Legal Aid Casework, to refuse them legal aid in respect of their immigration proceedings. The case reference is [2014] EWHC 1840 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 266. Read the full story

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