Research and Policy – National
Published 21/11/2018 by Laura Keane
As part of Justice Week, a research report commissioned by the Bar Council of England and Wales revealed that funding for Justice has been cut by 27% in the past decade despite government expenditure increasing by 13% since the 2008 financial crisis.
Published 11/10/2018 by Suhanya Jeyashiri
Since it’s implementation, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) has been met with vast amounts of controversy. It has left no free legal assistance stone unturned in its quest to cut funding for advice, and the consequent impact has been seismic.
Refugee Action’s most recent report focuses on how the legal aid cuts affect the accessibility of advice for individuals seeking assistance on immigration and asylum.
In this entry we examine whether the UK should follow the American example of having a national agency that provides free and immediate legal assistance to survivors of disasters, as well as resources for lawyers and information for individuals on the legal implications of such disasters. This topic will be considered in light of the aftermath of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire.
Research suggests that those subject to proceedings under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 often fail to give witness testimony and may even be absent from their trial. This creates problems that are comparable to those arising for LiPs.
As a litigant in person, explaining your situation to a support or legal adviser you don’t know can be difficult. Compounding this anxiety is having to repeatedly give the same information to multiple service providers. Could data-sharing be the answer?
Cardiff University Lecturer, Jess Mant discusses what inspired her research on litigants in person in the family court.