Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

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Judicial Review: Proposals For Further Reform

Following their initial consultation process, the Ministry of Justice have carried out a further consultation on Judicial Review. This consultation contains potentially disastrous proposals on planning appeals (that may seriously affect Gypsies and Travellers) and on judicial review in general (which may prevent legal aid lawyers from taking such cases). The consultation deadline is November 1st and we urge people to put in their responses. The Ministry of Justice paper can be found here: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/judicial-review/consult_view . Marc Willers of Garden Court Chambers, Simon Ruston and Chris Johnson have done a two part blog on the effects on Gypsies and Travellers: http://www.travellerstimes.org.uk/blog.aspx?n=97138e84-5b13-4f22-be61-cbb6990ecfcb&h=False&c=f1b1c82c-0f3c-4edf-98cd-502ea80ed8fa& . Here is our response to the consultation (please feel free to use bits of it as you see fit):

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JR Proposals For Further Reform (155 KB)

Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights (JCHR)

The JCHR is holding an inquiry into the legal aid reforms. The details can be accessed at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/joint-select/human-rights-committee/news/legal-aid-inquiry—call-for-evidence/
The deadline for submissions is September 27th.
Mr Grayling has declined to hold back from proceeding with his legal aid reforms until the JCHR has reported. Despite this, a strong report from the JCHR may be very important in what may be inevitable future challenges to the catastrophic legal aid changes. Attached to this article is the submission CLP have made to the JCHR.

On the 27 September 2013 we made a further submission of evidence to this Inquiry – see attached:

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CLP Submission on JCHR Legal Aid Inquiry (58 KB) Second Submission on JCHR Legal Aid Inquiry (52 KB)