Research and Policy
Network members continue to be closely involved in the government’s court reform programme, and the move to online courts in particular. Responses to the most recent consultation can be found here.
The Lord Chancellor has announced that the LASPO review will commence shortly.
Citizenship Foundation’s latest blog explains the importance of triggering article 50 and why it is important for it to be explained in our schools.
Amnesty report: ‘Cuts to legal aid have ‘decimated access to justice’ for thousands of the most vulnerable’
The 48-page report 'Cuts That Hurt' exposes the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) which came into force on 1 April 2013 and imposed wholesale changes to the legal aid system for family and other areas of civil law in England and Wales. The report warns that the reduction in access to justice is far worse than anticipated, and calls for the government to urgently launch a comprehensive review into the effects of the changes, which it has not yet undertaken despite having committed to doing so.
The Litigant in Person Judicial Engagement Group provides the HMCTS Reform Programme with views from the advice and pro bono sectors in the development of the HMCTS reform programme. The Group covers the Civil, Family and Tribunal jurisdictions and is mindful of the increasing number of LIPs in criminal courts.
This article by Amnesty International, published in Open Democracy, summarises Amnesty’s yearlong research into the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) on access to justice in the UK.
The Welsh Government has just published an Information and Advice Plan, working together with the National Advice Network and others. It sets out how they aspire to work together to improve access to the quality assured services which people need. Published December 2016.