Bach to the future?

September 25, 2017 0 comments

legal aid

If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Marty McFly I’ve written here often about the abolition of legal aid for most private law family matters back in 2013, under the dreaded Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). That, of course, was a crucial moment in the demise…

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Cafcass figures, McKenzie friends, and more

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September 22, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for August 2017, and the news was again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,241 care applications, which is a 1.5 per cent decrease compared with those received in August 2016, giving further…

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Labour: bring back legal aid

September 22, 2017 5 comments

family law

The government should spend an additional £400 million a year in order to create a more generous legal aid system, Labour have recommended. Prior to their party conference, which kicks off on Sunday in Brighton, the party has issued a report critical of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act passed by…

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20% drop in legal aid providers

September 20, 2017 23 comments

family law

The number of legal aid providers across England and Wales has fallen by 20 per cent in the last five years. This drop was revealed by government figures obtained by Shadow Justice Minister Gloria De Piero. The statistics show that the biggest reduction occurred in Wales, which has lost 29 per cent of providers since…

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Basic advice for litigants

August 30, 2017 2 comments

family law

Litigants involved in family court proceedings need all the help they can get, especially if they are one of the many who are no longer able to obtain legal representation following the abolition of legal aid for most private law family matters. Accordingly, and with no disrespect intended to anyone, I thought I would write…

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The legal aid scandal that wasn’t

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August 2, 2017 17 comments

family law

I seem to spend much of my time here writing about misconceptions concerning the operation of the family justice system. In my post yesterday I mentioned the case Re C, in which a mother was given permission by the court to remove her child’s middle name. In passing I mentioned that the case had made…

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Cafcass report ‘betrayed the trust’ of fathers (update)

August 1, 2017 40 comments

family life

Campaigning charity Families Need Fathers (FNF) has condemned last week’s joint report by Cafcass and Women’s Aid as ‘betraying the trust’ of fathers. The report claimed that no less than 62 per cent of all applications to the courts regarding arrangements for children feature allegations of domestic violence. The figure was based on an analysis…

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