Judges rule legal aid guidance on exceptional cases ‘unlawful’

Guidance on who is eligible for legal aid in exceptional cases is “unlawful”, judges have ruled. Legal aid was removed from many areas of civil law as part of reforms introduced last year. The High Court had said the guidelines on who was still eligible were “too restrictive” and overturned refusals of legal aid in […]

Legal Aid cuts leaving domestic violence without legal help

Since the Ministry of Justice started cutting legal aid, many people who need help found themselves left outside in the cold to fend for themselves. Women who have suffered domestic violence have gone to a solicitors and discovered that, even though they are financially eligible, they do not have the appropriate ‘evidence’ of their abuse […]

Law Society seeks judicial review of legal aid crime duty tender process

Law Society president Andrew Caplen said: ‘In the interests of access to justice, the public and the legal profession, we have decided to seek a judicial review of the legal aid crime duty tender process. In our opinion, the process creates a serious risk of market failure which could have major implications for society as […]

Legal aid slashed with no thought for consequences, MoJ chief admits

The most senior civil servant at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has admitted that over £300m is being slashed from the legal aid bill without research into the potential effect of the cuts. Under the cuts pushed through by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, many family, debt, housing and employment cases no longer qualify for […]

Legal Aid Lawyers are ‘a dying breed’

Extensive research undertaken by the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division has found that only four per cent of young lawyers are interested in working in legal aid. The JLD Early Career Work Experience Survey, published today (1 December), uncovered a number of serious challenges faced by people entering the legal profession, and by recruiting law […]

Lack of legal aid in child cases soars

The number of family law cases involving children in which neither party has legal representation has nearly doubled in the last year. The National Audit Office found that cases without lawyers can take 50% longer which has the knock-on effect of increasing costs to the taxpayer. The findings come weeks after a senior judge accused […]

Judge ‘horrified’ at number of litigants without lawyers

A court of appeal judge has said she is “horrified” at the number of unrepresented litigants and warned that the delays caused will “clog up” the justice system. Dame Elizabeth Gloster, who was appointed to the court of appeal last year said: “I’m horrified at the number of litigants in person [LIPs]. We are trying […]

Legal aid cuts ‘not thought through’

The government did not “think through” its legal aid cuts early enough and “does not know” whether people in need of aid are getting it, a report says. The National Audit Office report also said the number of family court cases about child contact where neither parent had a lawyer rose by 89% in 2013/14 […]

Police fail to record one in five of all crimes reported to them, says report

Over 800,000 – or one in five – of all crimes reported to the police are not being recorded, a report suggests. The problem is greatest for victims of violent crime, with a third going unrecorded. Of sexual offences, 26% are not recorded. An HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report looked at more than 8,000 reports […]

New Mansfield Office Open!

Bhatia Best’s new office in Mansfield opened on Monday 3rd November 2014. The office, (formerly the Westfield Hotel) is located opposite Mansfield Magistrates and Family Court on Westfield Lane. The proximity of our office to the court will be a distinct advantage to all our clients and of great benefit to potential new clients. Our […]

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