22 October, 2021
The Law Society has recently puplished a review on Legal Aid. Worryingly the number of providers of civil legal aid has reduced in the last ten years. Even more worrying is that only 25% of the population are now eligible for legal aid.
More people than ever before are representing themselves in the family courts. The number of cases where neither party had a legal representative has almost trebled increasing from a previous 13% to 36%.
The Law Society have made recommendations to the government which have been published by Resolution.
Those recommendations include:
It is understood that the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Aid Agency are to work with each other's government departments. This is in the hope that they will share an understanding on the full impact on public sector costs associated with changes to the civil legal aid system.
The statistics are concerning however the reviews and recommendations should, if followed, lead to improvements.
Here at Forbes Solicitors, our family law department offers legal aid funding. It is available for those that are eligible, and we can assist in resolving matters, that meet the legal aid criteria.
Learn more about our Family/Divorce department here