Legal Aid

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Criminal barristers across England and Wales have begun strike action in protest over inadequate legal aid fees. The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) refused the offer of a 15 per cent uplift in fees, saying it was insufficient in the wake of deep cuts to the legal aid budget and pointed out that it w

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The combined impact of the pandemic and increased financial pressure on individuals and households has exacerbated the "ongoing crisis of unmet legal need in this country", the head of legal rights group FLAC has warned. Writing in the foreword to FLAC's annual report for 2021, FLAC chief executive

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Improvements in the processing of criminal legal aid payments in Northern Ireland have been hampered by the availability of legal aid funding, a watchdog has warned. An inspection report from Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has found that the new Legal Aid Management System (LAMS)

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Criminal defence solicitors are set to join their barrister colleagues on picket lines next week as part of a dispute over legal aid fees. The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) yesterday confirmed following a ballot of 2,500 members across England and Wales that it will pursue "the highest form of esca

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Criminal law barristers have overwhelmingly voted to strike as part of their legal aid dispute with the UK government. Following a ballot of 2,500 members, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) said it would pursue "the highest form of escalation", consisting of "days of action combined with both no re

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Criminal law barristers are being balloted on action as their legal aid dispute with the UK government continues. Some 2,500 members of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) are being balloted on escalating a work-to-rule that has been in place for six weeks, The Times reports.

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Legal aid will be provided for issues relating to capacity under the new regime coming into force this summer, the government has said. The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) (Amendment) Bill 2022, which was published last week, will make a number of changes to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacit

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The long-awaited review of the civil legal aid scheme will be led by retired Chief Justice Frank Clarke and will commence work this month, the government has announced. The review group – which has been given a year to complete its work – will also have members drawn from those who work

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Just nine law firms are available to undertake legal aid work in immigration and asylum law in Northern Ireland, according to a new report. The report, produced by barrister and researcher Dr Jo Wilding for Refugee Action Good Practice, examines access to immigration legal advice in different parts

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Criminal trials in England and Wales could stop completely from today as barristers take industrial action over legal aid funding for defence practitioners. The Criminal Bar Association is moving ahead with its work-to-rule, with bar leaders saying they were taking action because real incomes for cr

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