Legal Aid Scheme: Civil Proceedings

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for civil legal aid were granted for (a) settling applications for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber), (b) representation in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and (c) representation in proceedings for judicial review in each year since 2011-12.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Note these figures only relate to Welfare Benefit cases, rather than all civil appeals/judicial reviews. The information pertaining to parts (b) and (c) of your enquiry are set out in the table below. Figures for part (a) of your enquiry are only available regarding closed cases; information on grant volumes is not held.

Financial Year

Certificates granted for legal representation in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court(1)

Certificates granted for legal representation in judicial review proceedings(2)

2011-2012

5

17

2012-2013

4

12

2013-2014

3

4

2014-2015

1

5

2015-2016

2

5

2016-2017

4

2

(1) To be represented on an appeal to the Court of Appeal on a point of law from a decision of the Social Security Commissioner, and appeals/enforcements to the Court of Appeal/Supreme Court

(2) Judicial Review- to be represented in an action for JR against opponent, and Upper Tribunal Judicial Review - to be represented before the Upper Tribunal exercising its Judicial Review jurisdiction/appeals

Note that judicial review proceedings may instead be conducted under a ‘Public Law’ legal aid contract, and would not appear in the figures above on such a basis.

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