24th November - Law News

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FOCUS OF THE DAY: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) failed to think through the impact of its legal aid reforms on the wider system and does not know whether people who are eligible for legal aid are able to get it, a devastating report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned. Its report, Implementing reforms to civil legal aid, notes that fees for legal aid lawyers were reduced “without a robust understanding of how this would affect the market”, and its monitoring has been “limited”. NAO analysis showed that in 14 local authorities no providers started any face-to-face legal aid funded work during 2013-14, raising the question of whether funding is being targeted at those most in need. Full story - New Law Journal

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