Coroners: Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th November 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of legal aid for bereaved families for inquests under the exceptional case funding scheme in the last five years.

Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse was for legal aid funding for inquests under the exceptional case funding scheme in the last five years was; and how many applications for that funding were (a) made, (b) granted and (c) denied broken down by reason for refusal in the same period.

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

Information on the annual cost to the public purse of legal aid for bereaved families for inquests under the exceptional case funding scheme in the last five years could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Costs for inquests under the exceptional case funding scheme in the last five years:

Value (£'000)

2013-14

43

2014-15

224

2015-16

570

2016-17

869

2017-18

761

Applications and grants for ECF inquest over the last 5 years:

Applications

Applications granted

2013-14

201

54

2014-15

225

110

2015-16

240

165

2016-17

288

165

2017-18

419

222

Breakdown of refused and rejected ECF inquests applications, over the last five years

Refused

Costs increase refusal

ECF Merits

Means

Means & ECF Merits

Means & Merits (both)

Normal & ECF Merits

Normal Merits

Other

2013-14

39

3

1

38

1

5

2014-15

24

6

5

27

11

7

2015-16

27

4

17

1

2016-17

50

1

2

11

15

2017-18

1

99

5

1

17

30

Rejected

In Scope

Incomplete

Other

Premature

2013-14

22

37

2014-15

4

21

10

2015-16

1

15

4

1

2016-17

23

16

1

2017-18

1

21

8

1

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