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Government launches post - implementation review of LASPO

There is no disputing that the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) fundamentally changed the legal aid system in England & Wales. Put simply, thousands of people who were eligible for legal aid on 31st March 2013 suddenly became ineligible the very next day. The government argues that the cuts were necessary and fair as the country sought to get a grip of its finances. Others argue that the cuts brought about by LASPO represent an unjustifiable attack on the basic principle of access to justice.

Whatever your view, the government has now announced that it will be undertaking a Post-Implementation Review (PIR). The rationale behind the PIR is that there have been significant changes in the justice system since the implementation of LASPO: changes in the way courts and tribunals operate; changes in the ways people access legal advice; and changes as a result of the rapid technological advancements we have seen over the past seven years.

The government describes the aims of the review as being to assess the impact of LASPO generally, and with reference to the future of legal support in the justice system. In this regard, the government says that it is keen to hear from interested parties who wish to contribute to the review process.

Findings are due to be published later this year.

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