For the past two months, the Ministry of Justice has been consulting on a raft of proposals to manage down the cost of legal aid in England and Wales. These proposals include a variety of cuts to the current service, in particular for judicial reviews and cases with 'borderline' prospects of success; introducing a residence test that will exclude from legal aid people who have been in the UK for less than one year; and comprehensively overhauling the way that legal services for criminal law are procured.
We have serious concerns that the proposals will damage access to justice, the rule of law and citizens' right to hold the state to account. Therefore, we strongly object to the proposals and have submitted a response to the consultation (below) to make our objections clear. LCN also participates in joint frameworks that submit separate and topic-specific responses, such as the JustRights campaign and the Equality and Diversity Forum.