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Legal aid cuts 'causing advice desert and homelessness'

BBC News - ‎8 hours ago‎
Cuts in legal aid have led to an advice "desert" that means more people are becoming homeless, it has been claimed.

Legal aid bill still £2m a week despite pledges to slash cost

Belfast Telegraph - ‎4 hours ago‎
Legal aid is the system where the government pays for lawyers for those who cannot afford legal representation. It has long been a source of controversy with Northern Ireland having one of the highest bills in the world proportionate to our population ...
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Edwin Poots: David Ford failed to cut Legal aid costs

Belfast Newsletter - ‎17 hours ago‎
I have obtained figures for legal aid that demonstrate that while the minister and Department of Justice were talking about reducing legal aid, from 2010/11 to 2014/15 it continued to rise. The new minister Clare Sugden, in response to a question from ...

Chief coroner calls for legal aid provision in state-involved inquests

The Guardian - ‎Jul 25, 2016‎
In an interview with the Guardian before the release of his annual report and his retirement, Peter Thornton QC said: “There are cases where legal aid should, if possible, be made available for families, particularly where one or more organs of the ...

Lawyers urge new PM and Justice Secretary to review legal aid 'at the earliest opportunity'

Legal Cheek (blog) - ‎Jul 25, 2016‎
Lawyers struggling under the weight of recent access to justice cuts have pleaded with the government to review legal aid law as soon as possible.

Creative startups must get legal aid, says TD

The Times (subscription) - ‎Jul 26, 2016‎
Kate O'Connell, a Fine Gael TD for Dublin South, said that by failing to offer small companies legal aid, Ireland was breaching European fundamental rights and jeopardising its reputation as a creative hub.

Overdue review into legal aid cuts is a denial of justice

The Guardian - ‎Jul 22, 2016‎
We therefore applaud Theresa May's decision, as home secretary, to ensure that the families of the 96 people who tragically lost their lives could benefit from publicly funded legal representation.

NWT legal aid's refusal to help human rights complainants 'systematically discriminating'

CBC.ca - ‎2 hours ago‎
The N.W.T. government's legal aid office was wrong to refuse a disabled Yellowknife woman a lawyer to help her argue human rights complaints, an adjudicator has found.

CM's legal aid offers a ray of hope for convict's family

Times of India - ‎12 hours ago‎
After almost two months of trauma, Rajammal finally sees a ray of hope. "I can't thank enough our chief minister who sanctioned the legal aid to fight the case. I am clinging on to the hope my prayers will be answered and my husband will come back ...

State grants Rs. 9.5 lakh as legal aid for 3 Tamils jailed in Qatar

The Hindu - ‎14 hours ago‎
The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday sanctioned Rs. 9.5 lakh as aid towards filing an appeal on behalf of three construction workers from the State convicted of murder in Qatar.

Organization Offering Free Legal Aid to Low-Income Residents

KRGV - ‎11 hours ago‎
WESLACO - An organization is offering free legal aid for eligible low-income persons in the Rio Grande Valley. Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid representatives said their office helps people with all kinds of civil issues. “That can range in a lot of ...

Evening Mail debate: Should parents get legal aid for family court cases?

NW Evening Mail - ‎Jul 22, 2016‎
BARRISTERS and solicitors who specialise in family litigation are not charities and should not be expected to work for nothing, a High Court judge has said.

Sierra Leone News : Bar and Legal Aid Discuss Access to Justice

Awareness Times - ‎21 hours ago‎
Cole registered the concern when the new executive of the Bar Association met with the management of the Legal Aid Board. Cole lauded the Legal Aid Board for the significant progress in promoting access to justice and the commitment shown by its ...

Lawyers champion 'recyclable' fund to finance civil cases where legal aid can't

Legal Cheek (blog) - ‎Jul 18, 2016‎
Lawyers have clubbed together to consider a brand new fund to help finance civil law cases not covered by legal aid. In a (very) brief nutshell, the claimant will be able to derive money from what's termed a contingent legal aid fund (CLAF) to finance ...

Local Group Offers Legal Aid Services for Poor, Underserved Community

KWBU - ‎17 hours ago‎
According to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, approximately 5.8 million people in Texas qualify for legal aid. But due to a lack of resources and funding, less than 20 percent of the legal needs of poor Texans are being met.

£200000 legal aid bill for women who killed Liam Fee

The Times (subscription) - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
The two women convicted of murdering two-year-old Liam Fee racked up a legal aid bill of more than £200,000 by refusing to admit their guilt.
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The dichotomy and future of sports arbitration - Legal aid and publications of decisions

LawInSport - ‎Jul 20, 2016‎
The CAS, as it made clear in the Pechstein press release, has recently implemented a procedure for legal aid to assist players without sufficient financial means to have their case fairly resolved.
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Free disaster legal services available

The Fayette Tribune - ‎4 hours ago‎
A partnership among the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the West Virginia State Bar and Legal Aid of West Virginia provides eligible callers 24/7 access to a toll-free legal hotline, 877-331-4259.

Legal Aid lawyers push to unionize

Law Times - ‎Jul 25, 2016‎
Three LAO lawyers have also filed a pay equity gap complaint to Ontario's Pay Equity Commission on the basis that legal aid lawyers are predominantly female. Their complaint says LAO must conduct a job evaluation review that would look at whether its ...

Lawyers support migrant crisis legal aid initiative

Irish Legal News - ‎Jul 18, 2016‎
The Law Society of Ireland and The Bar of Ireland have announced their backing for a legal aid initiative in support of refugees engulfed in Greece's ongoing migrant crisis.
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