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The Future of Legal Aid

Inquiry

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.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

Read a summary of our key recommendations to the Government.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Third Special Report - The Future of Legal Aid: Updated Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report of Session 2021–22
Inquiry The Future of Legal Aid
Committees Justice Committee
HC 698
Special Report
3rd Report - The Future of Legal Aid
Inquiry The Future of Legal Aid
Committees Justice Committee
HC 70
Report
Response to this report
4th Special Report - The Future of Legal Aid: Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report
HC 843
Special Report
4th Special Report - The Future of Legal Aid: Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report
Inquiry The Future of Legal Aid
Committees Justice Committee
HC 843
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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27 April 2022
Inquiry The Future of Legal Aid
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)
Committees Justice Committee
Oral Evidence
18 January 2022
Inquiry The Future of Legal Aid
Witnesses Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, Chair of the Independent Criminal Legal Aid Review
Committees Justice Committee
Oral Evidence
24 March 2021
Inquiries 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)
Committees Justice Committee
Oral Evidence
LEG0104 - The Future of Legal Aid
Witnesses Max Hill QC (Director of Public Prosecutions at Crown Prosecution Service)
Committees Justice Committee
Written Evidence
LEG0102 - The Future of Legal Aid
Witnesses Ministry of Justice
Committees Justice Committee
Written Evidence
LEG0088 - The Future of Legal Aid
Witnesses LawWorks
Committees Justice Committee
Written Evidence

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