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Latest legal aid statistics show worrying downward trend in access

2018-12-20T19:39:27+00:00December 13th, 2018|

The government released the official legal aid statistic on 13 December 2018, brining the data set up to date to 30 September 2018. Worryingly, crime expenditure and workload have both decreased. Fewer civil legal help matters have been started, continuing the trend since the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Mediation [...]

LAA to roll out new Provider Activity Reports

2017-12-11T11:32:41+00:00December 11th, 2017|

The LAA will shortly roll out a new report to all legal aid contract holders setting out key information about contract performance.  The LAA announcement about the new Provider Activity Report follows: Civil/crime news: rollout of contract performance reports ‘Provider Activity Reports’ (PARs) showing key contract data and highlighting performance against contractual requirements are to [...]

LAPG launches manifesto for legal aid.

2017-10-09T06:06:26+00:00October 9th, 2017|

Legal Aid Practitioners Group sets out detailed plan for undoing damage caused by LASPO cuts. The Legal Aid Practitioners Group has drawn on the expertise and experience of its members to produce a 'pragmatic and clear' manifesto for restoring  access to justice, lost following the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. Writing [...]

Welcome changes imminent to DV regulations

2017-06-13T15:02:41+00:00February 24th, 2017|

After years of campaigning and litigation the government now seems ready to introduce much-needed changes to the regulations limiting access to legal aid for victims of domestic abuse.  The Guardian has trailed MOJ plans to remove the time limit and expand the types of acceptable evidence of abuse, which would increase access to legal aid to [...]

CCMS survey – please help us understand how to improve CCMS

2017-06-13T15:02:57+00:00February 20th, 2017|

We’ve launched a survey to capture user experiences of CCMS.  Our members are consistently telling us of issues they experience with the system.  We also know that a large number of applications are being processed.  We’d like to hear from anyone who is using the system so that we can analyse what needs to be [...]

Applying for Legal Aid in ‘High Profile Cases’ – LAA Procedure Document

2016-03-24T14:12:28+00:00March 24th, 2016|

This is the document referred to in the LAPG Updates 11 of 22.03.16 and 14 of 22.04.16 - Applying for Legal Aid in ‘High Profile Cases’.  This now includes both the MOJ's response to the FOI request and the LAA's 'Standard Operating Procedure for reporting and referral of High Profile Cases in Civil Case Management'. Our attention [...]