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  • Response to Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid

    In December 2021 the department published Sir Christopher Bellamy QC’s independent review into criminal legal aid. This explored what is working well and what more could be done to improve criminal legal aid for providers and the public. We want to: Use legal aid to... More
    Opened 15 March 2022
  • Legal Aid Means Test Review

    In February 2019, the government announced a review of the means test for legal aid as part of the Legal Support Action Plan. This review has considered the legal aid means tests in the round, including the income and capital thresholds for civil and criminal legal aid eligibility, wider... More
    Opened 15 March 2022
  • Perverting the course of justice and Witness intimidation consultation

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines which courts in England and Wales must follow when passing a sentence. The Council consults on proposed guidelines before they come into force and makes... More
    Opened 30 March 2022
  • Animal Cruelty Consultation

    What is this consultation about? The current sentencing guideline for animal cruelty, which can be found here , encompasses offences contrary to the following sections of the Animal Welfare Act 2006: section 4 (unnecessary suffering), section 8 (fighting, etc.) and section 9 (breach... More
    Opened 10 May 2022
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