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Legal aid update: MoJ has questions to answer - Law Society calls for debate

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26 June 2015

MoJ has questions to answer about criminal legal aid regulations following Law Society evidence

The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has published a report on the government's criminal legal aid regulations after receiving a detailed account of the Law Society's concerns.

The Law Society's evidence highlighted the difficulties caused for firms by the drop in fees and the deviation from the timetable originally announced.

The report demonstrated that our concerns have been shared at the highest level. The Society believes that peers should consider the compelling evidence in the report and take the opportunity to debate and reject the proposals.

The Law Society will be highlighting the paper and our letter of concerns with key parliamentary supporters in the Lords, who will have the evidence they need to table a debate on the regulations.

We will provide further briefing for peers on the practical impacts of the fee cut, and on the decisions being taken by firms around the country that they intend to stop work from 1 July because they consider that the proposed new rates are uneconomic.

Read our letter to the committee (PDF)
Read the full report (PDF)

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