• Legal aid

    News and advice for legal aid practitioners and information about our campaigns for an adequately funded legal aid system and access to justice for all.

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    Left-behind communities unable to challenge poor care

    More than 37 million people in England and Wales live in a local authority area without a single community care legal aid service, including over 7.5 million people aged 65 and over.

    21 January 2020
    Press release

    Advocacy and the vulnerable training

    We run training courses to help solicitor advocates working with children and vulnerable witnesses practise more effectively.

    24 December 2019

    Make your voice heard - attend the legal aid means test review focus groups

    The MoJ is reviewing the civil and criminal legal aid means tests. We have set up focus groups so that practitioners' voices can be heard.

    19 December 2019

    Representation before mental health tribunals

    This practice note provides advice on good practice for legal practitioners who advise and represent clients at mental health tribunals.

    12 December 2019
    Practice note

    Police interviews involving sign language interpreters

    PACE requires that police interviews with suspects are recorded. You must ensure that interviews with clients who require a sign language interpreter are video recorded. This practice provides advice on how to meet the requirement.

    10 December 2019
    Practice note

    Withdrawing from a criminal case

    Issues arise when you are considering either withdrawing from representing a defendant, or taking on a transferred case, close to or in the course of the trial. This practice note provides advice on managing the process.

    9 December 2019
    Practice note

    Communication with prisoners by mobile phone

    This practice note is intended to help you avoid the risk of inadvertently committing or procuring the commission of a criminal offence.

    5 December 2019
    Practice note

    Conflicts of interests in criminal cases

    This practice note concerns the particular way in which criminal defence solicitors need to consider the avoidance of conflicts of interest when considering whether it is appropriate to act for more than one suspect or defendant.

    5 December 2019
    Practice note

    Defence costs orders

    Solicitors need to inform clients in criminal cases about the changes to the Defendants' Costs Orders regime.

    2 December 2019
    Practice note

    General election 2019: Summary of party manifestos

    Ahead of the general election, we've analysed the key justice-related pledges made in the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru manifestos.

    28 November 2019
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