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Resources tagged with "Legal aid"
November 22 2017 | Conference papers
The number and diversity of public law cases is now such that a review of the year can only hope to cover a small sample of these. The selection of cases below (from September 2016 to August 2017) necessarily reflects our personal choices, and no doubt, there are many others that could have been included. We have each picked three cases. They are summarised below in chronological order, with some detail.
PLP response to the Ministry of Justice consultation on Legal Aid Financial Eligibility and Universal CreditMay 8 2017 | Policy, briefings and consultation responses
This is PLP’s response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on proposed changes to financial eligibility for legal aid for Universal Credit claimants.
April 13 2017 | Reports and reviews
The report uses illustrative case studies and data analysis to summarise and explain:
PLP's Legal Aid Support Project (LASP); Casework in welfare benefits, community care, and the Special Immigration and Appeal's Commission (SIAC); PLP's Justice First Fellows; Research and policy work; Training, conferences, resources, guides and publications ... and the PLP community!
The report finishes with a summary of our recent strategic review and its results;
a re-articulation of our vision, mission and priorities more suited to current challenges.mission and priorities.
Legal Aid Exceptional Case Funding ('ECF'): Applying without the assistance of an adviser or solicitorFebruary 9 2017 | Guides
It is possible to apply for ECF without help from a solicitor or adviser. Doing so is not easy but it is not impossible. This guide is intended to help you work out if this is something you want to do. If you decide that it is, it will hopefully help you apply successfully, but it is only an introduction and cannot answer every problem you might face.
November 24 2016 | Guides
Legal aid is vital to ensure that those who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer are able to access to justice. Prior to April 2013, legal aid was generally available to separated migrant children for all immigration applications that they may need to make, e.g. for cases which raised either asylum or Article 8 ECHR/EEA grounds, or a mixture.
Now, with a few exceptions, it is available only for protection claims
November 2 2016 | Conference papers
The number and diversity of JR cases is now such that a review of the year can only hope to cover a small sample of the Administrative Court’s workload. The selection of cases here (from September 2015 to August 2016) necessarily reflects our personal choice, and no doubt there are many others that could have been included. We have each picked three cases. They are summarised in chronological order.
September 15 2016 | Guides
This guide is intended for practitioners who do not apply for judicial review funding on a regular basis, or who could do with some clarification on aspects of the criteria.
December 2 2015 | Research
Sir Stephen Sedley and Cambridge University Press (CUP) have allowed us to publish the introduction to Lions under the Throne, Essays on the History of English Public Law. The first part of this chapter sketches the early growth of English public law. The second part tries to describe what it was like to be involved in the modern take-off of public law as it roused itself from its long sleep.
October 15 2015 | Research
The process through which legal redress may be obtained against public authorities is often criticised as being politicised, of little value to claimants, and burdensome on public bodies. Based on the largest empirical study of judicial review outcomes to date, Varda Bondy, Lucinda Platt and Maurice Sunkin explain how the process can actually benefit claimants, and improve policy and practice.
March 2 2015 | Research
This research paper considers the extent to which the Ministry of Justice review of the Mandatory Civil Legal Advice Telephone Gateway engages with the key legislative and policy intentions behind it, as well as the extent to which the Gateway, as implemented, meets those intentions.
October 22 2014 | Conference papers
Legal aid has been removed from large areas of litigation and many vulnerable people are affected. Exceptional funding provides the only safety net. This paper explains how to challenge a refusal of exceptional funding by the LAA, and get funding for that challenge.
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.
August 14 2014 | Conference papers
This paper and related presentation examines the anticipated impact of the new regulations which remove entitlement to payment by legal aid for costs in judicial review where either the case ends prior to permission being granted or permission is refused.
August 14 2014 | Conference papers
Exceptional funding will only be available to people whose human rights or European Union rights
would be breached if they did not have legal aid. The Government intends this to be a high threshold and envisages that only a small number of cases will get exceptional funding. This paper and workshop notes examines when your case may be eligible for exceptional funding, and what you need to show to obtain it.
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.
January 13 2014 | Guides
This guide has been produced to provide individuals and community groups with information to promote a better understanding of how to challenge decisions of public bodies. It is intended for non-lawyers, for community and voluntary sector groups and for individuals. It is not intended for litigants in person (ie those who go to court without a lawyer to assist them), and in no way replaces the need for expert legal advice. Instead, it is designed to help non-lawyers understand the judicial review process, to navigate their way through it, and to get the best out of the lawyers they will undoubtedly need.
November 1 2013 | Policy, briefings and consultation responses
This submission is made on behalf of the Public Law Project (PLP) and is a response to the consultation 'Judicial Review: proposals for further reform. The consultation opened on Friday 6 September 2013, when the MoJ begn seeking views on proposals in a number of key areas. It closes on 1 November 2013.
July 17 2013 | Conference papers
With legal aid for JR under threat, practitioners may want to consider alternatives. Ombudsman decisions themselves are amenable to JR. Representations to the Ombudsman are free, claimants don’t need a lawyer - and in a landscape in which the government appears only to be prepared to fund legal advice for itself, that’s of increasing significance.
Although there are some disadvantages to using the Ombudsman, there are also advantages, both are considered in this paper.
July 11 2013 | Conference papers
The government is seeking to apply significant restrictions on funding for JRs (on top of those imposed by LASPO 2012). At the same time, the courts have been clarifying the principles governing costs recovery. This seminar will provide practical tips and advice to help claimant lawyers sustain a JR practice into the future.
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.
June 4 2013 | Policy, briefings and consultation responses
Documents on the 2013 Transforming Legal Aid consultation.
January 23 2013 | Policy, briefings and consultation responses
PLP documents on the MOJ consultation 'Judicial Review: proposals for reform'.
April 4 2012 | Conference papers
This presentation looks at the Legal Aid reforms and the options open to both individuals and organisations seeking to use the Administrative Court - including Protective Costs Orders (PCOs), Conditional Fee Agreement (CFAs), third party funding and the importance of the Bhata judgement for costs recovery in the wake of a public body conceding before hearing.
October 13 2011 | Conference papers
This paper covers a range of issues, including Legal Aid reforms, CFA funding - including the Jackson reforms, Protective Costs Orders, Companies as vehicles for litigation, third party funding, tips on recovery your costs and adverse costs risks of JR by stages.