The Scottish government had no intention to reverse cuts to the legal aid budget made in 2011, contrary to claims made by the Edinburgh Bar Association (EBA) that these savings were meant to be temporary, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf stated as he announced an impending consultation with the profession on the simplification of criminal fees.
Published 24 April 2019
The impact of budget cuts on the criminal justice system in England and Wales is set to be highlighted in cinemas across the UK in a new advert for The Secret Barrister's book.
Published 4 April 2019
Swingeing cuts to legal aid have had a devastating effect on parts of Wales, with some towns having no law centres or legal aid lawyers, The Guardian reports.
Published 27 March 2019
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has invited solicitors to contribute to a research project looking at whether legal aid for discrimination cases provides effective access to justice for people who have suffered discrimination in Scotland.
Published 15 March 2019
Academics, advocates and solicitors to advise on approach to reviewing legal aid fees.
Published 8 March 2019
Exclusive: Hidden impact of presumption against 12-month sentences – access to justice curbed and extension may apply to sentences of up to 18 months
The Scottish government's plans to introduce a presumption against prison sentences of 12 months or less would, in practice, apply to sentences of anywhere up to 18 months where a guilty plea is tendered early enough and would limit access to justice as declining summary business shrinks the pool of criminal legal aid solicitors yet further – due to years of inadequate funding.
Published 15 February 2019
A law firm funder which in part aims to fill the gap left by swingeing cuts to legal aid has raised £100 million in finance.
Published 21 January 2019