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Domestic violence victims still waiting for legal aid reform, says Labour


Shadow minister accuses government of dragging its feet on promise to make it easier for victims to access legal aid

LiPs flock to charity for help - but they're not asking for a lawyer By John Hyde18 October 2017


The charity helping people understand the court process has seen a five-fold increase in work since legal aid reforms were made.

Should children be heard in English family court cases?


Children, campaigners and some judges are calling for a change in the law so that children at the heart of family cases in England and Wales can talk in private to the judge if they so choose.

Bach Commission Final Report on Access to Justice


We welcome the Bach Commission’s final report ‘The Right to Justice’ (published on 22nd September 2017) on access to justice and are hopeful that the recommendations will inform and influence thinking around this important issue, particularly during the upcoming review of the key piece of legislation that has impacted on this area, LASPO.

Judiciary proposes ban on fee-charging McKenzie friends


The judiciary is proposing a ban on fee-charging McKenzie friends in order to protect ‘vulnerable litigants’ from unregulated and uninsured individuals.

Sip your drinks on entry, court users told


People entering court, including solicitors and barristers, are now being asked to sip the drinks they are carrying to prove they are not filled with harmful substances or alcohol, according to a notice from the courts service

War of words on flexible courts rumbles on


The chair of the bar has hit back at the judge in charge of piloting out-of-hours courts, calling on him to clarify remarks suggesting the profession’s criticism of the controversial proposals is ‘ill-informed’.

MoJ admits fate of five courts is still 'TBC'


The government has still not decided when to close five of the 86 courts earmarked for closure 18 months ago.

Supreme Court humiliates government over tribunal fees


In a humiliating reverse to its justice policies this morning, the government announced the abolition of employment tribunal fees after the Supreme Court ruled them unlawful.

UK litigation 'cost effective', LCJ declares


Litigation costs are more favourable in the UK than elsewhere, the lord chief justice has said, outlining an optimistic view of the UK's legal reputation post Brexit.

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