Civil Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th September 2018.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make (a) legal aid and (b) a legal advice and guidance helpline available for people representing themselves in civil court.

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

The ability of everyone to resolve their legal issues is vital to a just society. We are committed to ensuring legal aid and other forms of legal support are available to those who need it.

The Government is currently undertaking a post-implementation review of the impact of the legal aid changes made under Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) and remains committed to publishing the findings by the end of this year.

One of the reforms introduced as part of LASPO included the introduction of the mandatory telephone gateway for civil/family matters. This is currently being reviewed to ensure that it fulfils its implementation objectives to provide accessible legal advice.

Alongside the post-implementation review of LASPO, the Government is looking to the future to establish how best we can empower people to resolve their problems in a modern justice system.

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