Legal aid for family cases

PLP is conducting research into the accessibility of legal aid for family cases.

The research is being carried out to collect evidence of the effects of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). It aims to:

  • Develop an understanding of how LASPO has had an impact on the provision of legal aid for family cases and its accessibility under the Act, and to assess the current capacity of family legal aid providers under LASPO,
  • Identify the main opportunities and challenges within the sector.

We are inviting family law service providers with a legal aid contract, as well as service providers that have previously had a legal aid contract, to participate in the research. We also welcome responses from other organisations or charities in the not-for-profit sector with experience of these issues. To participate, please fill in the questionnaire.

The courts have no more important function than that of protecting citizens from the abuses and excesses of the executive - central government, local government, or other public bodies.

Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the UK