Category Archive: (LAA) Legal Aid Agency

Jul 03

WALES/ENGLAND – PLO roll-out will not affect court bundle claims under Family Advocacy Scheme

Legal Aid Agency guidance released   From 1 July 2013 rollout of the revised Public Law Outline pilot will begin. The Legal Aid Agency states that the changes under the new PLO will not affect the way court bundle payment claims are made under the Family Advocacy Scheme (FAS). Court bundle payments are claimed in …

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Jun 30

WALES/ENGLAND – Family Justice Council fears impact of legal aid reforms on public law cases

Government plans to limit legal aid to those with a strong connection to the UK are unlikely to lead to a reduction of expense in family cases and could impact on the 26-week time limit for care proceedings, the Family Justice Council has warned. In its submission to the Ministry of Justice Transforming Legal Aid …

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Jun 11

WALES/ENGLAND – Family courts risk ‘collapse’ as surge in custody cases follows legal aid cuts

The family court system is in danger of “collapsing in on itself” after a surge in the number of warring parents turning up in person to launch child custody cases because of legal aid cuts, leading lawyers are warning. In-laws blamed for one in 10 divorces Photo: ALAMY/POSED BY MODELS New figures show the number of …

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Jun 10

WALES/ENGLAND – Legal Aid Agency Guidance on the Remuneration of Expert Witnesses

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has published updated guidance on remuneration for expert witnesses.   The guidance consolidates a number of separate guidance documents previously published by the LAA into one single reference document and has been published to coincide with the new maximum expert rates introduced by the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) Regulations 2013 …

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Jun 06

WALES/ENGLAND – Legal aid cuts ‘put a generation of children in danger’

Lawyers warn it is just a matter of time before they are dealing with a case of murder   A generation of children risks being traumatised by the Government’s swingeing legal aid cuts, and youngsters caught in violent homes are already being placed in acute danger, family law experts have revealed. Two months after free …

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May 26

WALES/ENGLAND – Quality of family experts must improve, says MoJ

Consultation on new quality standards announced New national standards to raise the quality of family expert witnesses were announced by the government today. According to the new standards, evidence can only be given by witnesses deemed by the court to be qualified professionals. Expert witnesses have wasted court time and caused major delays in child …

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