Although the Government’s Transforming Legal Aid Consultation period has closed, there are still lots of things happening…
• On 11th June, the Justice Select Committee heard evidence from legal professionals about how PCT and proposals in general are unworkable – for more info: http://www.gemmab82.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/justice-select-committee-one-off-evidence-session-transforming-legal-aid-consultation/ – They will be hearing evidence from Chris Grayling on 3rd July, which can be watched on Parliament TV online or on Sky.
• On 18th June, the Bar Council held a Legal Aid Question Time. On the panel, amongst others, was Lord McNally who is the Minister of State for Justice. He faced questions about the proposals (one question from me!), here’s my blog: http://www.gemmab82.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/legal-aid-question-time-18-june-2013/ This event was video recorded and will be put on the Bar Council website soon.
• On 27th June, the Backbench Committee will be debating Legal Aid in Parliament: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/backbench-business-committee/news/debates-announced-for-27-june/ (I will be blogging about this too)
The e-petition is now at 93,000. Just 7,000 to go to force another debate in Parliament. Please tell all your friends and family to sign, if you have not already done so. Here is the link: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/48628