Legal Aid: Housing

Justice written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice at which courts in England and Wales free legal representation funded by the Government at repossession hearings is available; and how many legal advisers have been allocated to each court.

Photo of Shahid Malik Shahid Malik Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) funds free legal representation at repossession hearings via the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme. The scheme is available at 112 courts. There follows a full list of the courts where the scheme is available.

The LSC does not record the number of advisers per court and there is no specific number of advisers required. The LSC does require that legal aid providers ensure there is at least one adviser in court when the possession lists are heard and that all sessions are covered.

Aldershot and Farnborough

Alnwick

Ashford

Barnsley

Barnet

Basildon

Birkenhead

Birmingham

Bishop Auckland

Blackpool

Bow

Bradford

Bridlington

Brighton

Bromley

Burton on Trent

Bury St Edmunds

Cambridge

Central London

Cheltenham

Chesterfield

Colchester

Consett

Coventry

Croydon

Darlington

Dartford

Derby

Dewsbury

Doncaster

Dover

Dudley

Durham

Eastbourne

Edmonton

Folkestone

Gateshead

Gee Street Court (Clerkenwell)

Gee Street Court (Shoreditch)

Gloucester

Gravesham

Great Yarmouth

Grimsby

Halifax

Harlow

Hartlepool

Hertford

Huddersfield

Hull

Huntingdon

Ilford

Keighley

Kettering

Kidderminster

Kings Lynn

Kingston

Lambeth

Lancaster

Leeds

Liverpool

Lowestoft

Luton

Mansfield

Morpeth and Berwick

Newcastle

North Shields

Northampton

Norwich

Nottingham

Nuneaton

Oxford

Peterborough

Pontefract

Portsmouth

Preston

Redditch

Rotherham

Rugby

Runcorn

Scarborough

Scunthorpe

Sheffield

Skipton

Slough

South Shields

Southend

Southport

St Albans

St Helens

Stafford

Stoke on Trent

Stourbridge

Sunderland

Swansea

Tameside

Tamworth

Teesside

Tunbridge Wells

Wakefield

Wandsworth

Warrington

Watford

Wellingborough

West London

Weston Super Mare

Whitby

Whitehaven

Winchester

Wolverhampton

Woolwich

Worcester

Worthing

York.

In addition to the LSC funded schemes, the Department for Communities and Local Government funds 41 court desk schemes in England:

DCLG funded schemes:

Accrington

Banbury

Barnstaple

Barrow-in-Furness

Bedford

Bodmin

Bristol

Burnley

Buxton

Cirencester Magistrates

Evesham

Grantham

Harrogate

Haywards Heath

Hereford

Kendal

Lewes

Lincoln

Ludlow

Maidstone

Melton Mowbray

Nelson

Newark

Newport (I.O.W.)

Northwich

Oswestry

Penrith

Penzance

Rawtenstall

Salisbury

Shrewsbury

Skegness

Stratford

Swindon

Telford

Trowbridge

Truro

Walsall

Warwick

Worksop

Yeovil.

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