Tag Archive | "Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012"

Legal aid for prisoners


The government has lost an important battle in the court of appeal over access to legal aid. Denying prisoners in England and Wales legal aid so they can effectively challenge the conditions under which they are held could be illegal, the court has ruled.

In R (Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service) v the Lord Chancellor, the court of appeal judges – Lord Justice Leveson, Lord Justice Tomlinson and Lady Justice Sharp – considered five areas of prison law where the Ministry of Justice removed criminal legal aid eligibility in December 2013. Read the full story

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Domestic violence legal aid time limit invalid


Last year the High Court rejected a legal challenge from domestic violence charity Rights of Women over the lawfulness of rules that require domestic violence victims to provide a prescribed form of evidence to apply for family law legal aid.

However, in The Queen (on the application of Rights of Women) v The Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice, the Court of Appeal has upheld a challenge to the government’s changes to legal aid for victims of domestic violence. 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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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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Top family judge adjourns case


In a judgment that challenges the MoJ’s policy of removing public funding for most matrimonial and separation hearings, the most senior family judge in England and Wales, Sir James Munby, has adjourned a case because he has reached a legal dead end.

Restrictions imposed by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 have resulted in the family courts being inundated by unrepresented claimants because legal aid is no longer available for their claims. Read the full story

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