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Legal Action

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Editorial

A flawed case for change

October, 2013 by LAG

Along with the further consultation on the proposals for legal aid, the government announced another consultation on changes to the judicial review system last month. LAG believes that the government’s justification for these changes wilfully misrepresents the facts and is based on the misconception that the use of the procedure has a political bias.

News

The publication of a second consultation on the government’s proposals for legal aid was announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in a statement to the House of Commons on 5 September 2013: Transforming legal aid: next steps (Hansard HC Debates cols 492–494, 5 September 2013).

News

On 6 September, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling used an article in the Daily Mail to justify his proposals to reform the judicial review system. In the article he claimed that campaigners were ‘taking over charities’ and that they ‘articulate a left-wing vision which is neither affordable nor deliverable’, using judicial review as part of their campaigning tactics.

Feature

The fight for justice

October, 2013 by Steve Hynes

Last month the government announced some concessions and a further consultation on changes to legal aid. In this article Steve Hynes, LAG’s director, reflects on these changes and their likely impact on practitioners and access to justice.

Feature

The LEF gets underway

October, 2013 by Guy Beringer

Guy Beringer, chairperson of the Legal Education Foundation (LEF), discusses how the recently launched foundation will ‘promote the advancement of legal education and the study of law in all its branches’.

Law and practice

Police misconduct and the law

October, 2013 by Stephen Cragg QC, Tony Murphy and Heather Williams QC

Stephen Cragg QC, Tony Murphy and Heather Williams QC continue their
six-monthly review of important developments in the law relating to police misconduct.

Law and practice

Ed Cape continues his six-monthly series on police station law and practice. This article covers recent developments in policy and legislation as well as recent, significant case-law on arrest, surveillance of suspects, right to silence, defences and juveniles and vulnerable suspects.