Today’s High Court decision to uphold the Lord Chancellor’s criminal legal aid reforms following a judicial review is disappointing news for the Law Society, which has vowed to take its fight against criminal legal aid cuts to the Court of Appeal.
Law Society president Andrew Caplen said the judgment had a “concerning potential effect upon access to justice” – a grave challenge in the run-up to the Government’s official celebration of 800 years of the Magna Carta, which laid the foundations for equality before the law .
The outcome of the appeal will be closely watched, as will the upcoming Supreme Court hearing over the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), introduced by the Legal Services Board (LSB).
Many will be hoping that the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court find for the lawyers, as the impact of the cuts start to make themselves felt.
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