PLP writes to Lord Chancellor re LASPO review
The Public Law Project has written to the Lord Chancellor ahead of the govt’s review of LASPO -
We are writing further to your statement in Parliament earlier this month that you would shortly be announcing the timeline for the review of LASPO which the Government is committed to undertaking by April 2018. PLP welcomes the Government’s intention to conduct a review into the LASPO legal aid reforms which have had far reaching implications for access to justice in England and Wales.
We are taking the opportunity to write to you now with some suggestions as to the areas which the Government’s review should cover. This is a non-exhaustive list of areas of particular concern and which you will no doubt wish to consider in order to fully understand the implications for access to justice and the rule of law of the LASPO reforms, given your oath and statutory duties as Lord Chancellor.
Govt says that enough time has passed for its legal aid reforms to have bedded in for it now to begin its review of LASPO -
The government will get the ball rolling on the long-awaited review of its controversial legal aid reforms, the Ministry of Justice has announced.
Justice minister Sir Oliver Heald told an all-party parliamentary group meeting in Westminster yesterday evening that the government ’now considers enough time has passed for the reforms to have bedded in for us to begin the review process’.
The government had promised a review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) by April 2018. The act, which came into force in April 2013, removed vast swaths of law from the scope of legal aid.
Heald told the meeting that the ministry plans to submit a post-legislative memorandum on LASPO ‘as a whole’ to the justice select committee. This process has to be done by May but Heald said the ministry hopes to do it before then. He added that the memorandum will cover the whole act, including part one.