Criminal Legal Aid – JR issued by Law Society

The Law Society has now issued Judicial Review Proceedings against the Government

“We believe the government’s decision not to increase criminal defence solicitors’ legal aid rates by the recommended minimum 15% is both unlawful and irrational. It will have dire consequences for access to justice and the future of our criminal justice system.” said Law Society president Lubna Shuja.

“We are fighting for the future of our justice system using every tool we have, including taking the fight to the courts.”

This follows the Governments failure :

  • To follow the emergency recommendations of the Independent Review
  • the adoption of an inconsistent approach to funding measures for example with regard to the settlement to the Bar
  • A continued deterioration in the justice system and a failure to address the root and branch reforms required

DDLS strongly support this action and look forward to updating members as the JR Proceeds .