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Legal aid update: DV rule change | Detained fast-track system suspended | Civil contract amendments

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8 July 2015

Government loosens restrictions imposed on domestic abuse victims following Law Society lobbying

The government has loosened restrictions imposed on victims of domestic abuse which were preventing them from accessing legal aid in family cases.
Read our press release

Asylum detained fast-track process suspended

Following a recent legal challenge, the much criticised detained fast-track (DFT) process for asylum seekers is to be suspended pending a review. The LAA is currently considering the practical implications for DFT contract providers.
Read the immigration minister's statement to parliament (PDF)

Civil contract amendments

The LAA has made contract amendments to reflect the introduction of:

  • female genital mutilation protection orders
  • the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, and
  • the Care Act 2014.

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