Posted on 05 December 2012.
From Monday a range of new criminal offences and sentences introduced in LASPO came into effect.
The new offences include a mandatory life sentence for people convicted of a second very serious sexual or violent offence, aggravated knife possession, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, measures to strengthen community sentences and tough new sentences for hate crime. Justice secretary Chris Grayling said: “Criminals should be in no doubt they will be punished for their crimes, with those who commit the most serious offences receiving the most severe sentences.” Read the full story
Posted in Criminal Justice, Law Updates, Legal Aid
Posted on 27 April 2012.
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill bounced back to the House of Lords on Monday for consideration of Commons’ amendments. Members of the Lords voted eight times during the debate, and in scoreboard terms, the result for the government was played 8, won 4, lost 3, with one sort of score draw. Read the full story
Posted in Civil Law, Criminal Justice, Legal Aid
Posted on 16 March 2012.
The government’s controversial legal aid bill has suffered its ninth defeat in the House of Lords. The bill has now suffered more defeats in the Lords than either the health or welfare reform bills.
On Monday, the third day of Report, the government seemed to have hit on a strategy to reduce potential defeats by the simple expedient of not starting the debate until after six o’clock, a ploy bitterly objected to by the opponents. Read the full story
Posted in Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Law Updates, Legal Aid
Posted on 09 March 2012.
Wednesday was the second day of Report stage for the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill in the Lords. Four divisions took place during the debate, resulting in three government defeats and one government win.
Baroness Doocey (Liberal Democrat) moved amendment 11. She said: “The amendment concerns the proposals in the Bill to remove legal aid for appeals against official decisions about entitlement to welfare benefit. These proposals will seriously inhibit claimants’ access to justice, will not deliver the savings that the Government hope for and will create very serious problems for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.” Read the full story
Posted in Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Legal Aid
Posted on 12 January 2012.
Line-by-line scrutiny of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill continued on Tuesday in the House of Lords. Members continued where they left off before the Christmas recess when four amendments to clause 1, which defines the Lord Chancellor’s responsibilities, were debated and then withdrawn without being put to the vote.
Lord Beecham moved another amendment to clause 1 which called upon the Lord Chancellor to Read the full story
Posted in Civil Law, Law Updates, Legal Aid
Posted on 08 April 2011.
You’ve probably seen the press adverts already. They ask if you will be silenced by cuts to Legal aid. “The Government is planning cuts that will deny millions of people access to justice. Don’t let this happen. Sound Off for Justice.” Read the full story
Posted in Civil Liberties, Legal Aid
Posted on 29 July 2010.
Legal aid minister Jonathan Djanogly has announced plans to scrap a Â£2.6 million per year training contract grant scheme. Since the scheme began in 2002 more than 750 trainees have benefited from grants of over Â£20,000 each to help cover their training fees and salary. The Legal Services Commission gave the grants to legal aid firms to allow them to Read the full story
Posted in Criminal Justice, Legal Aid
Posted on 25 August 2009.
Introducing proposals for legal aid reform last week, Legal Aid Minister, Willy Bach, said that the UK has one of the best funded legal aid systems in the world. He went on to say that â€œlegal aid practitioners provide a fantastic service and should be paid accordingly; Read the full story
Posted in Legal Aid