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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