Posted in July 2013

64 years of Legal Aid

Today, 30th July 2013, marks 64 years of Legal Aid. We will Rally for Justice this afternoon, and here’s why: Legal Aid gives everyone access to justice, which provides a vital safety net and makes our society a civilised one. In a democratic society, we all have a right to access justice and a right … Continue reading

Rally for Legal Aid – 30th July 2013

Justice Alliance is an alliance of people and groups united in opposition to the government’s proposed attack on legal aid and the criminal justice system. Justice Alliance have organised a rally for Legal Aid, to celebrate its 64th anniversary on 30th July 2013. There are two rallies. One at The Old Bailey in London, an … Continue reading

Question and Answer: ‘Transforming Legal Aid’

As Parliament is off on its summer holiday (lucky for some), I thought the time was appropriate to reflect on what some of you think about the Government’s proposed legal aid reform, ‘Transforming Legal Aid’. The purpose of this blog is to gain a perspective and clear vision of your views, and potential ideas for … Continue reading

Kent Defence in the news

Here are two photographs of Kent Defence (@KentDefence) in the news, in protest against the government’s proposals to cut legal aid.

Women in Prison – some recent developments

The Prison Reform Trust The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) is an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system. They inquire into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff and the wider public; and by influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform. The Prison Reform Trust’s main objectives are: … Continue reading

Roundtable Meeting with Shadow Justice Team

A Roundtable Meeting took place today, 9th July 2013, at The House of Commons. The speakers included Andy Slaughter MP, Sadiq Khan MP, Emily Thornberry MP, Willy Bach and Jeremy Beecham. Sadiq Khan MP opens the meeting by saying he has just come from Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions. He was asked, by a Backbencher, whether … Continue reading

Why the Law Society proposed alternatives

Below is an email I received this morning, 4th July, from Richard Atkinson, Chair of the Criminal Law Committee, Law Society of England and Wales. Posted with his permission. There has been much concern expressed in some quarters about the Law Society’s alternative proposal which has been submitted to the Ministry of Justice and I … Continue reading

Justice Select Committee: ‘Transforming Legal Aid Consultation’ – Chris Grayling gives evidence

Commons Select Committee: The Justice Committee was appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Ministry of Justice and associated public bodies. Today, 3rd July 2013, the Committee held an evidence session in relation to Price Competitive Tendering Proposals in the Government’s Transforming Legal Aid Consultation. Rt Hon … Continue reading