The Ministry of Justice have announced a consultation to assess whether access to justice has been restricted by the cuts to legal aid. As many will know, Legal Aid is no longer available for such areas as divorce and applications for contact to children. This has meant that many people are struggling through court proceedings without any legal advice or support.
The justice secretary, David Liddington, has committed his department to review the deep cuts imposed in 2012. The long-anticipated consultation will run into next year and views are being sought from a wide range of bodies involved in the legal system, such as family law group, Resolution and the Law Society.
Whilst we hope that the outcome of the review is that legal aid is once again available for those who need it, it is worth remembering that legal aid is still available for mediation; for cases where there has been domestic violence and where children are being taken into care.
Where legal aid is not available we are able to offer payment plans and fixed fee packages to help you budget for your case. To talk about how we can help you call Rebecca on 01405 813108 (Thorne) or Jean on 01405 720850 (Goole).