Evidence submitted to the JCHR
Evidence in response to JCHR consultation on impact of LASPOA
As is well canvassed, LASPO 2012 takes many areas of law out of scope for legal aid. During the passage of the LASPO Bill it was recognised that in order to comply with the UK’s international obligations (such as the right to a fair hearing under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights), there needed to be a way of ensuring that impecunious litigants with meritorious cases who could not represent themselves would have access to public funding so as to ensure they had access to justice. To this end, the Minister for Legal Aid, Jonathan Djanogoly, said in the House of Commons on 8 September 2011, “It is right to have an exceptional funding scheme to provide an essential safeguard for the protection of an individual’s fundamental right to access to justice”.
Publication date: October 3 2013