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Anti-rape groups hail legal aid ruling

BBC News - ‎Feb 12, 2016‎
Campaigners have welcomed a ruling that abuse victims should be able to access legal aid to fight attempts to obtain their medical records.
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NI legal aid dispute over fee cuts is resolved

BBC News - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
A dispute between lawyers and Northern Ireland's justice minister over cuts to legal aid payments has been resolved. The row had resulted in delays in more than 900 court cases, including charges ranging from murder to drink driving.

Corbyn calls for civil legal aid review

Law Gazette - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will today call on the government to initiate an immediate review of cuts to civil legal aid. Writing for BarTalk, the Bar Council's member e-newsletter, Corbyn will argue that access to justice should be considered a ...

LAA extends legal aid contract eligibility

Law Gazette - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
The government could have more criminal legal aid solicitors on its books after scrapping plans that would have forced market consolidation, it emerged this week.

Football lawyer firm Blavo & Co probed over alleged £22million legal aid scam

The Sun - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
A FOOTBALL lawyer's firm is being probed by the fraud squad over an alleged £22million legal aid scam. John Blavo, 54, built up the second most successful law practice in the country specialising in sports and employment law, criminal litigation and ...
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Number of criminal solicitors set to rise as Michael Gove has a major change of heart

Legal Cheek (blog) - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
The recent history of legal aid has been a well-documented shambles. The much-hated Chris Grayling took aim at criminal law firms in his (notoriously bad) stint as Lord Chancellor, in a swathe of government reforms that saw legal aid rates tumble.

Huge rise in domestic violence claims after legal aid clampdown

Daily Mail - ‎Feb 6, 2016‎
Allegations of domestic violence have rocketed over the past two years as a result of government changes to the legal aid system, MPs claimed last night.
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Paedophile awarded legal aid in fight to see son, eight - ‎Feb 1, 2016‎
When his wife objected to the paedophile having any contact with their son the man lodged a legal challenge for contact and was refused legal aid under rules approved by Parliament in 2012. Sir James Munby, the most senior family judge in England and ...
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Solicitors welcome Gove's legal aid retreat

Law Gazette - ‎Jan 31, 2016‎
Lawyers reacted with a combination of elation and relief last week when Michael Gove pulled the plug on the new criminal legal aid contracting regime. In a ministerial statement last Thursday, the lord chancellor put an end to a week of speculation by ...

Al Qaeda police killer handed same amount of legal aid as victim's family

Daily Mail - ‎Feb 1, 2016‎
A terrorist who murdered a policeman received £51,000 in legal aid to help him challenge being held in solitary confinement.

Workers, legal aid lawyers fight disobedience charges

Jakarta Post - ‎Feb 13, 2016‎
The police arrested 23 workers and two lawyers from the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) accompanying the demonstration.

Ford should follow legal aid u-turn in England and Wales

Belfast Newsletter - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
The government's change of heart followed expensive legal challenges, academic, media and judicial criticism and growing evidence of declining advocacy standards.
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China legal aid centre closed over foreign donations: media

Daily Mail - ‎Feb 1, 2016‎
A women's legal aid centre shut down in Beijing was probably ordered to close because it took money from overseas donors, state media said on Tuesday after US presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton backed its founder.

Gove abandons legal aid contract bidding process and suspends fee cut for solicitors

LawCareers.Net - ‎Feb 3, 2016‎
The justice secretary Michael Gove has abandoned a controversial new bidding scheme for legal aid contracts and suspended a further 8.75% fee cut for duty criminal solicitors who represent people suspected of crimes in police stations and magistrates ...
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Marinello Schools of Beauty students getting legal aid after closure

KABC-TV - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
"We step back, slowly go through the process figuring out what their loan situation is now," said Josephine Lee, an attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation. "And then we explain to them what their rights are, how to go through the process, where to ...

MY TURN | Access to legal aid must be funded

Kitsap Sun - ‎Feb 12, 2016‎
Right now, a woman is waking up in a domestic violence shelter in survival mode. Battered and scared, she wonders how she will pick up the pieces and move forward.

Sheldon Roodman, leader of Chicago legal aid group, dies at 74

Chicago Tribune - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
Sheldon Roodman led the Legal Assistance Foundation, now LAF Chicago, for 30 years as its lawyers tackled discrimination in housing, employment and public programs for clients, most of them poor.
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Al-Qaeda terrorist who murdered cop given same cash in legal aid as family got in compensation - ‎Feb 2, 2016‎
A knife-wielding al-Qaeda terrorist who stabbed a policeman to death has claimed more than £50,000 in legal aid - the same amount the murdered cop's family received in compensation .

Two thirds of male DV victims do not meet legal aid criteria

Marilyn Stowe Blog - ‎Feb 2, 2016‎
More than two thirds of male victims of domestic violence do not meet government criteria for legal aid according to new findings.
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Senators Push Bill Demanding Legal Aid for Immigrant Kids

Latin American Herald Tribune - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
The bill was motivated by the fact that often Central American minors who illegally cross the southern U.S. border alone fleeing violence in their countries, and other “vulnerable individuals,” must appear before immigration judges without access to ...