Central & Local Government Urls listed,
Recent changes in legal aid, increases in court and tribunal fees and the limitations of 'no win, no fee' arrangements are making it harder for people to get access to justice and legal help. The Law Society is making a number of recommendations to government to try to ensure that more people can get the legal help they need, including:
The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal by the lord chancellor against a family court judgment where it was
ordered that the costs of a legal representative for a father (litigant in person) should be borne by Her Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service.
The Law Society is sponsoring the production of a new play by Academy Award-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The Invisible aims to tell the stories of ordinary people affected by the cuts to legal aid.
Own client contract process
The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has published an amendment to the own client contract process which confirms that services under this contract will commence on 11 January 2016.
With regards to organisations that need to achieve a relevant quality standard, the information for applicants (IFA) document sets out the deadlines required (in both cases this is the contract start date):
Criminal legal aid applications
The LAA has published updated guidance on submitting criminal legal aid applications including using the CRM14 eForm. The guidance covers both eForm and paper applications.
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