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Legal Aid

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that victims of domestic abuse, forced marriage and human trafficking are not adversely affected by changes to legal aid.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

The Government's recent consultation on legal aid reform proposed that legal aid be retained for those seeking orders to protect themselves from domestic violence or forced marriage. This included retaining the power to waive the upper financial eligibility limits in these cases. The Government are currently considering the response to the consultation, and will publish their response in due course.

Human trafficking is a criminal offence and legal aid is not normally available for the victim in criminal proceedings.

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