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The government recently amended and announced a review of the evidence requirements for victims of domestic abuse seeking legal aid in private family cases. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has now started work with the Law Society, the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Resolution and Rights of Women to gather more information about the existing arrangements and how they operate in practice.
The MoJ have developed a survey to gather the views of legal practitioners and domestic abuse support services on the arrangements, how they work on the ground and how they might be improved. Your response will be vital in making sure changes to government regulations are evidence-based and draw on the experiences of those directly supporting victims of domestic abuse and involved in the process of accessing legal aid. We urge you to take the time to complete this survey and make your voice count. Please respond no later than Friday 1 July.
We have condemned proposals by the MoJ in a recent consultation to increase fees for immigration appeals by around 500 per cent. If implemented, many prospective appellants will be priced out of justice.
All providers holding a Crime Contingency Contract have until 23:59 on 30 June to accept the Legal Aid Agency's (LAA) offer to extend their contract to 31 March 2017. The current contingency contract is due to expire on 10 January 2017.
The Contract Review Body's function is defined in the LAA's contracts with legal aid providers, where it forms part of a wider contractual dispute resolution process, leading ultimately to mediation or litigation. It determines contractual disputes mainly relating to contract termination decision between the LAA and providers and it is, in effect, the final internal decision-making stage.
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