The Legal Aid Agency will assume responsibility for the administration of legal aid in England and Wales from the Legal Services Commission, a non-departmental public body. On
Today the framework document which details the governance arrangements between the department and the Legal Aid Agency has been published. The framework document will come into force on
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 also requires the Lord Chancellor to designate a civil servant as the Director of Legal Aid Casework. This is a statutory office, with the function of making independent decisions on whether to grant legal aid in individual cases. The director will assume this function on
The creation of the Legal Aid Agency is an important step for the Ministry of Justice in strengthening the governance arrangements and accountability for legal aid, and ensuring that there is an appropriate delivery structure in place. Legal aid is a significant area of public expenditure and it is vital that its administration is undertaken by an appropriate body.
Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 will be commenced on
Copies of the framework document and code of conduct have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and on the department's website at: www.justice. gov.uk.