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Legal Aid Cuts – “A View from the Judiciary”

‘The duty to face up to these problems does not just lie with the Government" In a recent public lecture to the Institute for Government, President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger has again spoken out on the Legal Aid Cuts. In recent months the Legal Sector has shown significant opposition to the Government’s proposed legal aid reforms and to many it may seem like a job well done, with a "U-turn" announced on the proposed criminal law price competitive tendering.  A simple "Google" will find a multitude of blog’s, articles and vitriol on the legal aid cuts and the effect this will have upon a citizen’s access to justice. Lord Neuberger’s speech appears to take a familiar tac,  "it...

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7 December 2012 – Only 76 working days left for family legal aid.

Legal aid is being withdrawn from most family law disputes at the end of March 2013. This is due to cost cutting measures introduced by the government under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Due to the Easter holiday the last day for legal aid to be granted for many cases will be Thursday 28 March 2013. If legal aid is granted before the deadline it will normally continue until the case is concluded provided you remain eligible. But new legal aid applications after 1 April 2013 will not be entertained unless the case is one for which legal aid remains available. From a practical point of view this means that anyone wanting to resolve...

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