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In a speech at the Legatum Institute in London today, UK Justice Secretary Michael Gove said the justice system fails the poorest and that he planned to “review” cuts to legal aid.
The government’s £285 million spend on Trident replacement is an insult to those suffering from the £300 million cuts to legal aid, says CND.
British judges have ruled that a proposed cut to legal aid known as the ‘residence test’ is “unlawful” and “discriminatory.”
MPs will tomorrow (9 July) vote on new legal aid cuts which could see torture victims denied their day in court, and leave the Government immune from legal challenges for wrongdoing overseas.
An internal Ministry of Justice document has revealed that the Justice Secretary’s plans for a cut to legal aid – known as the ‘Residence Test’ – may not result in any savings.
Despite concessions announced today,the Justice Secretary’s planned cuts to legal aid will still deny justice to a wide range of people wronged by the UK Government.
Lawyers and justice campaigners in England and Wales have pledged to continue their struggle against the UK government's 'destruction' of legal aid.
The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas has warned that cost-cutting UK legal aid proposals “will destroy prison law as we have known it”.
The UK government’s legal aid changes in England and Wales would deny justice to the most vulnerable and undermine the rule of law, Human Rights Watch says.
A legal opinion by a leading QC has found that the Westminster Government’s proposed changes to legal aid – for which the consultation closes today – are unlawful.