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Ministry of Justice Receives Significant Set Backs

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Over the past three weeks the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has received two significant setbacks to its austerity based decision to cut legal aid. The first setback was a poll, released on 30th July, revealing that public opinion had hardened against the cutbacks. The results of the poll were released on the 65th anniversary of the service and showed that fewer than one in four now backed the cuts.

The second setback was from a direct challenge from Sir James Munby, one of the most senior judges in England and Wales, who suggested that courts spend money in defiance of Ministry of Justice cuts to ensure justice is done. Sir James, the president of the family division of the high court ruled that the court service should pay for lawyers if the Legal Aid Agency refuses to provide them. The judge provided similar judgements across three cases having previously adjourned one of the cases and subsequently asked the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, to explain how the case could proceed without legal aid.

At O’Garra’s we welcome this news. Our service and commitment does not stop at the Courtroom door. We very much support the rights of our clients who become prisoners which is why fully support the public sentiment and the direct challenge to Chris Grayling from Sir James Munby. If you want advice and representation on prisoners and their rights find out more here.

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Appeal granted for prison law legal aid

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We’re pleased to hear that the fight by two charities campaigning against cuts to prison law legal aid has not been in vain as the Court of Appeal granted permission to appeal the High Court’s rejection of the challenge in March 2014.

Following the lord chancellor’s decision on large cuts to prison law legal aid, including cases involving mother and baby units, The Howard League and the Prisoners’ Advice Service have challenged the verdict with claims that it ‘undermines prisoners’ rights and rehabilitation and end up costing the taxpayer more’.

The campaign argues that the removal of legal aid for a small number of important Parole Board cases and for a range of cases affecting prisoners’ progress through their sentence towards release are unlawful.

At O’Garra’s our service and commitment does not stop at the Courtroom door. We very much support the rights our clients who become prisoners. Which is why fully support the challenge to appeal. If you want advice and representation on prisoners and their rights find out more here.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the Charities’ appeal. If you want to discuss this article further, we’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions. Join us on Twitter @OGarras