4th August 2015
Legal Aid Crisis
Talks continue at the Ministry of Justice – a joint statement by the the two criminal solicitors’ groups the LCCSA and CLSA.
Comment: The boycott by solicitors of criminal legal aid work since 1 July 2015 is continuing (though it is now focused on crown court work only); the “no returns” policy of criminal legal barristers since 27 July 2015 is now also beginning to have an impact. The crown courts are gradually coming to a halt.
It is thereby good that these talks are taking place and that there are further talks planned. The lack of confrontational public statements by the MoJ is welcome.
Gove’s absence at this second session of talks was a disappointment; but at least someone from the Criminal Bar Association managed to turn up this time. The MoJ is plainly playing hardball over the (flawed) “dual contract” model which is intended to somehow restructure (“consolidate”) the supply of criminal legal aid services. The MoJ is, however, being more flexible about the 1 July 2015 cut and appears to accept that there could be a case for suspending it (though not removing it completely).
Comment: Good, strong – and detailed – editorial. Well worth reading carefully.
Why lawyers are taking on the government – by Oliver Carter, at Left Foot Forward
Comment: Nicely done, informative piece with many helpful links.
Comment: JoK is a primarily a law and policy blog, and so is not really concerned with areas of substantive law; but what is worrying about this news report is the notion that there could be a return to the pre-1957 days of evictions without court orders, as former appeals judge Sir Henry Brooke noted on Twitter.
— Henry Brooke (@HenryBrooke1) August 3, 2015
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