The Law Society’s Council has agreed to seek judicial review of the legal aid crime duty tender process. President Andrew Caplen said:
“In the interests of access to justice, the public and the legal profession, we have decided to seek a judicial review of the legal aid crime duty tender process. In our opinion, the process creates a serious risk of market failure which could have major implications for society as well as the profession.”
The CLSA and LCCSA have also confirmed they will pursue their own JR challenge. Jon Black, president of the LCCSA, said:
“If we don’t challenge these dangerous plans, our high streets will be cleared of legal aid solicitors and vast, distant legal warehouses will be created, which will frankly dispense tick box justice. A minister accepted in parliament this week that the government is hell-bent on making hasty cuts without any considered evaluation of the consequences . We have no choice but to try and stop these justice-denying contracts in order to save a key component of the already maimed criminal justice system.”
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