The Justice Committee launches an inquiry into the future of legal aid, in light of concerns raised during the coronavirus pandemic about pressures on the system.
The Committee has heard about difficulty getting legal aid assistance in some parts of the country, and from lawyers about the financial problems raised by current fees and reduced work.
The legal aid system in England and Wales was fundamentally changed by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Since then there have been a number of legislative changes and post-legislative reviews of LASPO.
The Justice Committee examined the changes to civil legal aid in 2014 and the changes to criminal legal aid in 2018.
This inquiry aims to look ahead to the future of legal aid, to identify the major challenges facing clients and providers and how they might be tackled.
The inquiry is especially keen to hear about the sustainability of the legal aid market, the impact of Covid-19 and the increasing reliance on digital technology to deliver legal advice and court services.
Submissions should be made by 5pm on Monday 19 October via the website, including on these terms of reference: