The Ministry of Justice is proposing sweeping changes to the provision of legal aid for criminal cases. In particular, client choice is to be removed and solicitors imposed. Many exisiting solicitors will not receive contracts – for example the whole of Nottinghamshire is to be covered by only six firms. In addition fees are to be significantly reduced, having already been substantially cut in the last few years.
We believe that client choice is the only guarantee of quality in what is still one of the best criminal justice systems in the world. The government’s proposals are anti-competitive and will lead to a second rate service. The proposals are to be introduced by secondary legislation, thus avoiding proper parliamentary scrutiny.
For more information please see this article from the Law Society
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