In March 2011, the parliamentary Justice Committee published its report on the the Government’s proposed reforms to legal aid.
The report states: ‘There is a degree of consensus amongst all political parties that the cost of legal aid needs to be reduced, but it is imperative that there is a careful assessment of the impact of the proposed changes on those people most dependent on legal aid. We call on the Government to assess more fully the likely impact of its reforms, for example, on the operation of courts and tribunals, and for public expenditure more generally, before deciding whether to implement them. The Government needs to refine its proposals further before introducing a major change in the way the accessibility of the justice system has come to be viewed.’
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Click here for further information about the proposed changes to legal aid and responses to the proposals