Families across England and Wales are denied state-funded advice on housing issues because of 'legal aid deserts' which emerged due to drastic government cuts.
The outcome of a consultation on the new 2017 criminal legal aid contract was today greeted with concern by the Law Society of England and Wales.
The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has just opened the tender for the 2017 criminal legal aid contracts.
We are campaigning to improve access to justice for all, regardless of social background and wealth.
In collaboration with others, we have set up a joint working group to examine the viability of a contingent legal aid fund.
The Law Society welcomes this strong defence of the principle that the right to British justice applies to everyone who is subject to the laws of this country.
Richard Miller, head of the Justice Team at the Law Society, outlines some of the key features to expect from the new legal aid crime contract.
A report by a key UN committee has criticised government moves to restrict access to justice in England and Wales, echoing the case made by the Law Society.
The Law Society is being consulted on the terms of the Criminal Legal Aid Contract 2017.
Our accreditation covers all types of criminal law work and supports practitioners to qualify to apply for inclusion on local duty solicitor rotas.
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It promotes improvements in legal aid and access to justice and advises on policy formulation.
Access to justice is on the verge of a crisis. There can be no effective rule of law when we lack a fully accessible and affordable judicial system.
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