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PSL Essential Update – What’s new for July 2015?

Date:30 JUL 2015
This is the second instalment of our monthly PSL Essential Update series highlighting the most important news articles and judgments to keep you fully informed of all the latest family law developments.

Female Genital Mutilation

By virtue of the Serious Crime Act 2015 (Commencement No. 2) Regulations 2015 the provisions in the Serious Crime Act 2015 relating to Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders came into force on 17 July 2015. Watch this space for reported cases as use of the new FGM Protection Orders develops.

Legal Aid

Legal Aid eligibility remains a contentious issue but July saw a concession from the government. The restrictions on legal aid in domestic abuse cases were loosened to reduce the likelihood of legal aid being pulled before the end of a case. From 17 April 2015 there is no longer a requirement that evidence of domestic or child abuse be resubmitted before any final hearing. Although the changes...

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