MP report accuses MoJ of playing catch-up with civil legal aid reform

Less than a month after The Law Society’s appeal against legal aid cuts reached the courts, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been hit with a damning report on its civil aid reformsfrom MPs in the Public Accounts Committee.

The report states that the MoJ has been playing catch-up since the implementation of its reforms two years ago, and doesn’t know if those still eligible are accessing legal aid.

The report also argued that the reforms weren’t backed by evidence, but by the objective to cut costs as quickly as possible.

This report backs claims made by the Law Society, as well as barristers and solicitors, who have widely condemned the cuts saying that criminal duty work was becoming unsustainable.

What they might be surprised about is the MoJ’s selective interpretation of the report. It issued a statement saying it is “pleased that the committee acknowledged its reform had been successful in making significant savings”.

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