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Legal Aid for victims of domestic violence

Also on the 19th September the High Court granted permission for a judicial review challenging the lawfulness of legal aid changes affecting victims of domestic violence.

The challenge has been brought by Rights of Women, a women’s voluntary organisation, who argue that changes introduced by LAPSO are preventing victims of domestic abuse getting legal aid for family law cases.  The changes mean that victims are required to provide a prescribed form of evidence in order to obtain family law legal aid. Many women affected by violence do not have the required forms of evidence. Some of the forms of evidence are subject to a 24 month time limit although perpetrators may remain a life long threat to their victims.  Rights of Women, represented by the Public Law Project, and supported by The Law Society, argue that this was not what Parliament intended.  The full hearing is expected to take place before the end of this year.

To read the press release from the Public Law Project click here.

Click here to read the Children’s Commissioner’s report on how legal aid changes affecting children.

Children's Rights, Family Law, Legal Aid