Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who his Department is consulting with as part of its review into criminal legal aid fees.

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

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:

  • Bar Council
  • Bar Council Young Barristers' Committee
  • Big Firms’ Group
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • Bar Circuit Leaders
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association
  • Law Society
  • Law Society Junior Lawyers Division
  • Legal Aid Practitioners Group
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association
  • Public Defender Service
  • Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers

We will also engage with wider stakeholders, including relevant experts and user engagement groups.

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