This inquiry is looking at the major challenges facing legal aid clients and providers and how they might be tackled.
The legal aid system in England and Wales was fundamentally changed by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LAPSO). Since then, there have been several legislative changes and post-legislative reviews of LASPO.
We are especially interested in hearing about:
The sustainability of the legal aid market
The impact of covid-19 and the increasing reliance on digital technology to deliver legal advice and court services.
Witnesses Mark Fenhalls QC (Chair at Bar Council), Stephanie Boyce (President at Law Society), James Cartlidge MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Ministry of Justice), and Jelena Lentzos (Deputy Director for Legal Aid Policy at Ministry of Justice)
Court Capacity, and The Future of Legal Aid
Witnesses Lord Wolfson of Tredegar (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Ministry of Justice), Kevin Sadler (Acting Chief Executive at HM Courts and Tribunals Service), Jane Harbottle (Chief Executive at Legal Aid Agency), and Jelena Lentzos (Deputy Director, Legal Aid Policy at Ministry of Justice)