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Background information

This page presents resources that provide an overview of the cuts that have been introduced to the civil and criminal legal aid budget in England and Wales. It also provides an overview of the situation in Victoria, Australia, for individuals interested in the comparative dimension of this project. To access the full presentation delivered by Monash academics at the workshop, please click here or on any of the slides to the right of this page.

England and Wales: Changes to civil legal aid

Author Title Type of Resource
Ling, V. & Pugh, S. Legal Aid Handbook- LASPO Resources Useful resources around the implementation of the new legal aid scheme from April 2013. Regularly updated.
Ministry of Justice LASPO Background Information Documents relating to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act ("LASPO").
Ministry of Justice LASPO final impact assessments ZIP file of all Impact Assessments relating to the introduction of LASPO. These Impact Assesments and the Equality Impact Assessment update the reports which were published by the Ministry of Justice in 2011 and have been produced to reflect the changes that were made to the bill during its passage through parliament.
UK Parliament Parliamentary material on legal aid Page collecting together available parliamentary material on legal aid, both criminal and civil.

England and Wales: Changes to criminal legal aid

Author Title Type of Resource
Ministry of Justice Transforming Legal Aid:Next Steps

Consultation responses and documents relating to the "Transforming Legal Aid" proposals. Comprehensive overview.

The Law Society Law Society campaign against cuts to criminal legal aid Details of criminal legal aid changes and response organised by the Law Society.