Despite the legal aid protests and threats to the criminal legal profession over unworkable ‘duty contracts’, a new threat to justice and the rule of law comes into effect from the 13th April 2015.
The Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) and the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) currently engaged in challenging by way of judicial review the Ministry of Justices’ (MOJ) decision to plough on with the legal aid crime duty tender process. The Law Society is also proposing a similar but separate action.
Only days after the CLSA & LCCSA succeeded with the Judicial Review of the Ministry of Justice Legal Aid Duty Contracts Consultation, the MOJ respond with another consultation
Mortons Solicitors are delighted to hear the news of the successful judicial review of the Government plans for cutting criminal legal aid by £220 million. At the High Court Mr Justice Burnett ruled that the Ministry of Justice consultation process was “so unfair as to amount to illegality”.
Mortons Solicitors continue to provide excellence in criminal matters whether legally aided or for our client paying clients.
We are urging everyone to sign the Save Justice legal aid petition.
If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures there will be a debate in parliament.
You might not need a criminal defence solicitor today or tomorrow. But you might one day, even people of good character with no previous convictions.