Category: Press releases
December 15 2014 | Press releases
In a judgment handed down this morning the Court of Appeal considered six cases in which the High Court had ruled that the Director of Legal Aid Casework had acted unlawfully in refusing applications for “exceptional” legal aid.
PLP acted for ‘IS’ who is blind, has profound cognitive impairment and is unable to care for himself. IS lacks litigation capacity and is represented through the Official Solicitor. IS has lived in the UK for at least thirteen years. Exceptional legal aid had been sought to enable IS to apply to the Home Office to regularise his immigration position and thereby qualify for mainstream community care and health services. The Director of Legal Aid Casework had repeatedly refused his application by reference to the Lord Chancellor’s guidance and eventually the Official Solicitor had instructed PLP to apply for judicial review of that refusal
Press Release: High Court to hear Rights of Womens legal challenge to restore access to legal aid for victims of domestic violenceSeptember 18 2014 | Press releases
On Friday 19 September the High Court will consider whether to grant permission for Rights of Women’s legal challenge of the lawfulness of Government changes to legal aid to be heard. These changes are preventing victims of domestic abuse from getting legal aid for family cases, even when it is clear there has been violence, or there is an ongoing risk of violence. Represented by the Public Law Project and supported by the Law Society, Rights of Women argue that this is not what parliament intended.
Press Release: Public Law Project (PLP) wins residence test case. Proposals to introduce legal aid residence test are unlawful and discriminatory.July 15 2014 | Press releases
In a powerful judgment delivered today the Divisional Court has confirmed that Government proposals to introduce a “residence test” for civil legal aid are unlawful. The thrust of those proposals was to prevent those who could not prove 12 months lawful residence in the UK from accessing the legal aid scheme.
Press Release: The Law Society backs legal challenge by Rights of Women to restore access to legal aid for victims of domestic violenceJune 10 2014 | Press releases
The Law Society is supporting a challenge brought by the Public Law Project on behalf of Rights of Women, over the lawfulness of Government changes to legal aid which are preventing victims of domestic abuse from getting legal aid for family cases, even when it is clear there has been violence, or there is an ongoing risk of violence. Rights of Women argue that this is not what parliament intended.
June 5 2013 | Press releases
A legal opinion by a leading QC has found that the Government’s proposed changes to legal aid – for which the consultation closes today – are unlawful.