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The Law Society welcomes the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) decision to abandon plans for the two-tier criminal legal aid contracting regime. The MoJ has abandoned the planned radical reduction in the number of contracts for duty solicitors and suspended the second fee cut for a year, following significant pressure from the profession and widespread legal challenges.
Use of the Legal Aid Agency's (LAA) electronic Client and Costs Management System (CCMS) for legal aid applications for special Children Act proceedings will be mandatory from 1 February 2016. Mandatory use of CCMS for all other civil licensed work applications is scheduled for implementation on 1 April 2016, to give the LAA more time to make further upgrades to the system. The Law Society believes the LAA must demonstrate that the upgraded system is fit for purpose before it becomes mandatory for all civil categories.
The Law Society is keen to gain a better understanding of the training market for advocacy and how well it meets our members' needs. To help us determine whether we could be doing more to assist members with regard to advocacy training, we would be very grateful if you could complete this survey - it should take no more than a couple of minutes.
The LAA has updated the crime peer-review guide, find out more (PDF).
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