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Amy Sanders: The LASPO Changes - In Practical Terms

Date:22 APR 2013

Amy SandersOn 1 April 2013 the reforms from the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 ("LASPO") took effect and changed the scope of Legal Aid as we knew it.

Legal Aid remains available for the following:

  • public law proceedings;
  • injunctive relief including non-molestation orders occupation orders forced marriage protection orders and other protective orders and injunctions;
  • representation and advice for children aged under 18 (as an applicant respondent or where joined as a party to proceedings); and
  • international abduction cases where there has been an unlawful removal of a child securing an order to prevent the unlawful removal of a child from the UK or to secure the return of a child unlawfully removed from or within the UK.

Legal Aid is not available for the following:

  • Private children applications (ie residence ...

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