To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who his Department is consulting with as part of its review into criminal legal aid fees.
We will be working with a range of agencies and stakeholders – and the criminal defence profession in particular – to gather the necessary evidence to ensure this review is as robust and wide-ranging as possible.
We are currently scoping the review and are already working with the professions to determine the specific issues that the review should consider. A defence practitioner advisory panel has been established to ensure practitioners’ views are carefully considered as part of the review.
This includes representatives from the:
We will also engage with wider stakeholders, including relevant experts and user engagement groups.