Family Law and Access to Legal Aid

Family Law and Access to Legal Aid

PLP Research Briefing Paper

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) significantly
limited the availability of legal aid in civil and family law. Whilst public law family cases
remained in the scope of legal aid under LASPO, most private family law matters
became ineligible for legal aid, with the exception of funding for some victims of
domestic abuse. This briefing paper examines how the cuts tolegal aid have created additional barriers to justice for many people who need to accessadvice and representation for family law matters. The paper draws on first‐hand,empirical evidence collected throughresearch conducted with family law practitioners and not‐for‐profit organisations providing support for family cases.

Author: Emma Marshall, Sue Harper and Hattie Stacey

Publication date: April 10 2018