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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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Court of Appeal allows charities to challenge legal aid cuts for prisoners


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 of appeal has ruled.

Senior judges have granted two charities – the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) – permission to bring a fresh case questioning the legality of budgetary restrictions introduced by the Ministry of Justice. Read the full story

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‘Transformation Exhaustion’


Leveson LJ finds something we can all agree with.

Lord Justice Leveson has returned his review of efficiency in criminal proceedings and the first thing that strikes you is the feel of the MOJ’s dreary, dead hand on him from the outset. The MOJ asked for change ‘which can be implemented without legislation, whilst providing ‘no budget for this exercise’ and therefore the review was unable to undertake any qualitative analysis of the effects of the changes it proposes. Read the full story

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