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Previously known as Reforming Family Justice: A Guide to the Family Court and the Children and...
‘This Act meant hundreds of thousands of people eligible for legal aid on 31 March 2013 became ineligible the very next day. Even those in England and Wales whom parliament vowed at the time of LASPO should be able to access legal help are unable to get the advice and representation they need.’A Law Society report Access denied? LASPO four years on was published in June 2017. Egan says the report suggested legal aid cuts have actually increased pressure on wider public services, growing numbers of people representing themselves in court, and escalating legal problems because of the removal of legal aid for early advice.
‘This long-awaited review offers the Government an important opportunity to take stock of the damage caused by the unprecedented cuts to legal aid that LASPO introduced and to reassess the value of justice to citizens. This review comes not a moment too soon; society has become increasingly aware of the importance of access to justice in underpinning the rule of law and our democratic constitutional arrangements.
The announcement follows several years of sustained pressure from the Bar Council and many other organisations who work to promote the public interest of our citizens.
The Bar Council looks forward to engaging constructively with this review and will continue to press for a wide scope which includes the impact of LASPO on society and considers the combined and interactive effect of legal aid cuts with welfare and other civil justice reforms.’