8th March - Law News

2265th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based news & legal articles archive focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's Video Focus: A nationwide state of emergency's being enforced in Sri Lanka to prevent attacks on Muslims. Buddhist mobs set fire to homes and businesses killing a young muslim - the riots followed the death of a Sinhalese truck driver.

Focus of the Day story: The government’s long-awaited review of its controversial legal aid reforms is unlikely to be finished by the summer as promised, the lord chancellor has warned, as justice campaigners highlighted their frustrations that the review has yet to properly get off the ground. David Gauke told the Commons justice committee today that the summer recess deadline 'is an ambitious timetable and I think I want to look at whether that is deliverable to be honest'. The Ministry of Justice is required to look at the operation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act within three to five years of implementation. The act, which cut vast swaths of law from the scope of legal aid, came into force in April 2013. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

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