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Ballots have taken place across the country with criminal solicitors overwhelmingly voting in favour of direct action against the government's legal aid cuts. We are receiving reports of duty solicitors receiving many more calls than usual due to solicitors turning down own-client work, and of the work in many courts and police stations being slowed down significantly.
The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has published a follow-up report on the government's criminal legal aid regulations, after receiving a response from the Ministry of Justice. The Lords considered a number of concerns raised by the Law Society. The committee remains dissatisfied with the response, and peers have also requested a debate on the regulations.
The outstanding achievements of legal aid practitioners were celebrated at a prestigious ceremony on 1 July 2015.
Over 400 legal professionals attended the Legal Aid Practitioners Group's Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards, which are held to celebrate the work of grassroots lawyers and recognise the most outstanding practitioners in their field.
The LAPG Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards are non-profit-making and are into their 13th year.
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