Results 81–100 of 4150 for speaker:Bridget Prentice

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Aid: Asylum Seekers (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Legal aid is available for eligible people to obtain help and advice in respect of such an appeal. The Government do not believe it is necessary to extend public funding to representation. Doing so would be disproportionate to the complexity of the issues and evidence under consideration.

Written Answers — Justice: Solicitors: Payments (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Meetings are held regularly with the Legal Services Commission at which a wide range of issues are discussed. One of the key current items on the agenda is the PAC report, which we welcome.

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Aid (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Meetings are held regularly with the Legal Services Commission at which a wide range of issues are discussed. One of the key current items on the agenda is the PAC report, which we welcome.

Written Answers — Justice: Operation Black Vote (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor (Mr. Straw) last met with members of Operation Black Vote on 2 June 2008 when he gave a speech at the Operation Black Vote Magistrates' Shadowing Scheme Graduation. In addition, I spoke at an Operation Black Vote organised event on 20 January 2010 to celebrate the appointment of the 50th graduate of the Magistrates'...

Written Answers — Justice: Tribunals (9 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: At the end of December 2009, there were 387,800 live claims in Employment Tribunals across England, Wales and Scotland.

Written Answers — Justice: Brighton Special Cases Unit (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Committee agendas are not kept for five years. SCU retain the original agendas for 18 months. Copies of decisions are retained on the individual case files. This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In the period January to December 2009 determinations by single independent adjudicators were: (a) 41 upheld the clients' review in part or full,...

Written Answers — Justice: Brighton Special Cases Unit (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The regional director for Special Cases Unit is David Keegan. He is more widely the director of high cost cases. He is not a solicitor or barrister. He has been employed by the Legal Services Commission and its predecessor the Legal Aid Board for 19 years. He has been the director for Special Cases Unit since 2000. Prior to that he was regional director for the south-east. He is supported by...

Written Answers — Justice: Brighton Special Cases Unit (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The Regional Director for Special Cases Unit is David Keegan. He is more widely the Director of High Cost Cases. He is not a solicitor or barrister. He has been employed by the Legal Services Commission and its predecessor the Legal Aid Board for 19 years. He has been the Director for Special Cases Unit since 2000. Prior to that he was Regional Director for the South East. He is supported by...

Written Answers — Justice: Brighton Special Cases Unit (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The Special Cases Unit presently employs 10 solicitors, three barristers and five legal executives (qualified or in training). They operate in teams specialising in areas of law with senior case managers providing supervision. Senior case managers are typically solicitors and barristers of 20 to 30 years' qualification. They are accountable to the director of high cost cases. They can obtain...

Written Answers — Justice: Funding Certificates (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: A review panel is an independent body made up of solicitors and barristers from which adjudicators, assessors and committees are appointed to review decisions made by LSC staff in regional offices. The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Aid: Brighton (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The Special Cases Unit does not necessarily only receive applications for funding. Funded cases are also transferred to SCU when the referral criteria are met. Only since 2007 have all SCU's cases been recorded to SCU specifically. The figures from that point are reported in the table. Because of the transfer of cases these figures do not relate directly to Committee or Adjudicator decisions...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Services Commission (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Legal aid in civil matters is provided at two levels, Controlled Work and Licensed Work: Controlled Work, also known as legal help, covers basic levels of advice and representation, not including representation in court. The Legal Services Commission (LSC) allocates specific volumes of New Matter Starts to providers. An act of assistance is each instance in which a provider gives legal help...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Services Commission (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: For so called "Controlled Work" (which includes legal help and general advice and assistance), legal aid providers are paid a standard monthly payment in the first instance, which is not split by category of law. Once a case has been completed, the provider submits a claim to the LSC. Before the introduction of the Unified Contract in April 2007, solicitors were paid hourly rates and...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Services Commission (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The expenditure on Independent Funding Adjudicators, the former Funding Review Committee and the Multi-Party Action Committee for the Special Cases Unit, of which one part operates from Brighton, over the past five years was: (£) 2004-05 34,330 2005-06 30,525 2006-07 23,863 2007-08 27,689 2008-09 22,733 The present remuneration rates for the members of LSC Committees...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Services Commission (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: Single independent funding adjudicators were introduced in October 2006. Prior to that the reviews were decided by funding review committees. The information is not held centrally for the last five years and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In the period January to December 2009 determinations by single independent adjudicators were: (a) 41 upheld the clients' review in part...

Written Answers — Justice: Legal Services Commission (8 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The LSC aims to complete reviews promptly from the date of receipt. For the Special Cases Unit it is typical for the adjudicators to provide their decision within 14 days. SCU will chase a response if a decision has not been provided within four weeks. Complaints records are not kept for five years. Between January and December 2009 the SCU has recorded three complaints about delays in...

Written Answers — Justice: Driving Offences: Fines (5 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: My officials have been in contact with officials at the European Commission, the Scottish and Northern Irish Ministries of Justice both prior to and post-implementation of this EU directive. They conducted a webcast on 9 October 2009 in conjunction with SPARKS in which a member of the EC responsible for MRFP also participated; they attended a European workshop in Stockholm on 15 October...

Written Answers — Justice: Fines (5 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The Central Authority for England and Wales has received four mutual recognition of financial penalties (MRFP) applications from EU member states since the Framework Decision was implemented on 1 October 2009. These applications concerned offences in the Netherlands which were convicted prior to the implementation date and therefore had to be returned to the originating state. No...

Written Answers — Justice: Injunctions (5 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: At my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor's (Mr. Straw) request, senior officials at the Ministry of Justice have met with representatives of the national press to discuss the issues raised by the Trafigura case and the use of so-called super-injunctions generally. The Justice Secretary is considering matters in the light of this, including engaging with...

Written Answers — Justice: Youth Justice Board and Legal Services Commission: Sick Leave (5 Feb 2010)

Bridget Prentice: The average number of days taken as sickness absence at the Legal Services Commission during 2008-09 was 7.98 per employee. This has decreased from 9.17 in 2007-08 and 10.7 in 2006-07. The LSC has been reviewing its absence policy year-on-year in order to reduce absence levels. The target for 2009-10 is 7.66 days (a 4 per cent. reduction on 2008-09). Following the most recent review in 2009,...


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