Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will reintroduce legal aid for early advice as part of the Government’s review of legal aid.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Early legal advice is available for all cases within the scope of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), subject to an assessment of means and merits.

The post-implementation review of the impact of the legal aid changes made by and under LASPO, includes changes to the scope of early legal advice and legal representation.

We are currently in the engagement phase of this review and are using this opportunity to gather information from stakeholders and other interested parties to inform our wider consideration on the future of early advice and other forms of legal support in the justice system.

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