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Implementation of court closures gets underway

04 April 2016

With parliament in recess, Alexandra Cardenas highlights the latest legal aid statistics and provides an update on court closures.

Both Houses of Parliament are in recess and will return on Monday 11 April.

The Public Affairs Team will continue working on a number of issues over the coming weeks before both Houses return on 11 April.

Monday 28 March

Bank holiday- nothing to report.

Tuesday 29 March

House of Commons

Written answers - court closures

David Mackintosh MP (Conservative) questioned the MoJ on what steps it has taken to ensure the efficiency of the transition to new courts of cases from courts that are planned for closure, and how it is ensuring there is no adverse effect of those not closed. The minister responded by stating that the implementation of court closures has commenced and is expected to take place on a phased basis over the next two year. He continued by saying that detailed implementation plans are being developed by each region of HM Courts & Tribunals Service, and that local implementation groups will be established to oversee each closure, working in close cooperation with the judiciary where appropriate.

Wednesday 30 March

Nothing to report.

Thursday 31 March

Ministry of Justice

Official statistics - legal aid statistics - England and Wales

The MoJ and the Legal Aid Agency released the official legal aid statistics for England and Wales from October to December 2015. Access the reports

Friday 1 April

Nothing to report.

Tags: Westminster weekly update | legal aid | Parliament | court closures

About the author

Alexandra Cardenas is Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at the Law Society. Public Affairs manages the relationships with parliament and government. She is a dual qualified solicitor in England and Wales (2014), and Colombia (2002). Prior to the Society, she practised as a human rights lawyer and worked at Macmillan Cancer Support and Animal Defenders International.

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