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  • Amending the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

    This consultation brings forward proposals for allocating an additional £15 million of spending to the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS). The AGFS is the fee scheme through which criminal defence advocates are paid for carrying out publicly funded work in the Crown Court. More
    Opened 31 August 2018
  • Review of legal aid for inquests

    An inquest is a distinct judicial process. It is a public hearing held to determine who the deceased was, and how, when and where they died. It can be a traumatic ordeal for the bereaved, both in hearing how their loved ones died and through the frustration in the search for answers. ... More
    Opened 19 July 2018
  • Legal aid financial eligibility and universal credit

    The changes to the benefits system currently being implemented under the Welfare Reform Act 2012 mean that a number of benefits that have historically been used as an administrative marker to “passport” applicants through parts of the criminal and civil legal aid means tests to free (ie,... More
    Opened 16 March 2017
  • Litigators’ Graduated Fees Scheme and court appointees

    This consultation paper sets out proposals for the reform of the funding scheme which pays litigators to defend clients in the Crown Court and payments to court appointees. The government is seeking views on all aspects of these proposals. More
    Opened 10 February 2017
  • Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme Commissioning Sustainable Services

    This is a consultation on a competitive tendering approach for the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme which will consolidate the current number of schemes through joining courts allowing for larger and more sustainable contracts for providers. Providers will offer their services at a price,... More
    Opened 20 January 2017
  • Reforming the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

    This consultation paper sets out proposals for the reform of the funding scheme which pays advocates to defend clients in the Crown Court. The government is seeking views on all aspects of these proposals. In particular, the government would like to hear views specifically on: The... More
    Opened 5 January 2017
  • Bladed Articles & Offensive Weapons Consultation

    Overarching issues and the context of the guidelines This consultation seeks views on 3 guidelines; possession of a bladed article/ offensive weapon; threatening with a bladed article/ offensive weapon, and a youth guideline which covers all offences involving bladed articles and offensive... More
    Opened 6 October 2016
  • Enhancing the Quality of Criminal Advocacy

    The Government has issued a consultation paper (Preserving and Enhancing the Quality of Criminal Advocacy) setting out a package of measures to ensure the quality of criminal defence advocacy, reducing the influence of financial incentives on choice of advocate and support clients’ rights to... More
    Opened 1 October 2015
  • Consultation on the merger of the Local Justice Areas in Greater Manchester

    This consultation sets out a proposal on the future arrangements for Local Justice Areas (LJA’s) in Greater Manchester. There are 3 key reasons for considering a merger of the current 8 LJA’s: to improve the effectiveness of the delivery of justice by improving flexibility in... More
    Opened 3 August 2015
  • A consultation on the merger of the Sussex (Northern) and Sussex (Western) Local Justice Areas

    The aim of this consultation is find views on proposals to merge the Local Justice Areas of Sussex (Northern) and Sussex (Western) into one new West Sussex Local Justice Area. This will give greater flexibility in managing the caseload across West Sussex whilst increasing the opportunities for... More
    Opened 3 August 2015
  • Enhanced fees for divorce, possession claims and general applications in civil proceedings and consultation on further fees proposal

    This sets out the government response to the consultation on enhanced fees for possession claims and general applications in civil proceedings, and we are also seeking responses to further proposals for consultation. As the Lord Chancellor set out recently, we are seeking to modernise... More
    Opened 22 July 2015
  • Reform of Judicial Review: Proposals for the provision and use of financial information

    Judicial review is a process by which individuals, businesses and other affected parties can challenge the lawfulness of decisions or actions of public bodies, including those of Ministers, local authorities and those exercising public functions. It is a largely judge-developed process and can... More
    Opened 21 July 2015
  • Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales

    This is a national consultation on the provision of the court and tribunal estate in England and Wales. HM Courts & Tribunals Service manages the operation of courts and tribunals through seven regions in England and Wales and the consultation includes annexes covering London, the Midlands,... More
    Opened 16 July 2015
  • Proposed amendments to the Allocation guideline

    The Sentencing Council is seeking feedback from sentencers, justices’ clerks, legal advisers, prosecutors, defence representatives and other court users on proposals to update the definitive Allocation guideline. The consultation runs for six weeks. This is a shorter period than is... More
    Opened 19 June 2015
  • Changes to remuneration for legal aid services

    On 13 March 2014, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ASBCPA) received Royal Assent. The Act introduces a number of new Injunctions and orders, including a series of orders to prevent sexual harm, criminal behaviour orders and injuctions under Part 1 all of which require legal... More
    Opened 10 November 2014
  • Transforming Legal Aid: Crime duty contracts

    Earlier this year the Ministry of Justice, following detailed engagement with the Law Society, published proposals to help create a more sustainable legal aid market in criminal litigation. As previously announced, we have allowed an unlimited number of own client contracts for providers who... More
    Opened 24 September 2014
  • Legal Ombudsman and complaints about claims management companies - consultation on the fees framework

    In August 2012 the Government announced its intention for customers’ complaints about poor service provided by authorised claims management companies to be dealt with by the Legal Ombudsman. The Legal Ombudsman will provide a new avenue of redress for clients of claims management companies... More
    Opened 7 May 2014
  • Court bundles: proposed changes to the legal aid Family Advocacy Scheme

    The Government needs to revise the current legal aid Family Advocacy Scheme as a result of proposed changes to Practice Direction 27A (PD 27A). Currently there is no particular limit on the size of a court bundle. Under the legal aid Family Advocacy Scheme, different payments are made to... More
    Opened 13 March 2014
  • Supporting the introduction of the single Family Court – Proposed changes to Family legal aid remuneration schemes

    This consultation sets out the Government’s proposals for amendments to the current family legal aid remuneration schemes in England and Wales, which are required as a result of the planned introduction of the new single Family Court (FC). We anticipate that the proposals set out in this... More
    Opened 28 October 2013
  • Cynnig ar ddyfodol Llys Ynadon Castell Nedd

    Mae’r ymgynghoriad hwn yn cynnig cau Llys Ynadon Castell Nedd a throsglwyddo’r gwaith i Lys Ynadon Abertawe, yn ogystal ag uno Mainc Castell Nedd a Phort Talbot gyda Mainc Abertawe. Mae’r safle mewn ardal sy’n cael ei ailddatblygu’n sylweddol... More
    Opened 26 September 2013
  • Proposal on the future of Neath Magistrates' Court

    This is a consultation proposal to close Neath Magistrates' Court and transfer the work to Swansea Magistrates' Court and merge the Neath and Port Talbot Bench and Swansea Bench. This site is in an area of significant redevelopment by Neath and Port Talbot County Borough Council following... More
    Opened 26 September 2013
  • Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps

    Nearly 16,000 responses were received following the Transforming Legal Aid consultation published in April . In addition to these, the Ministry of Justice held 14 stakeholder events throughout the consultation period. The responses are summarised at Annex B . All views expressed have been... More
    Opened 5 September 2013
  • Law Commission: 12th Programme of Law Reform

    The Law Commission carries out law reform projects with the aim of making the law fair, simple, clear and cost-effective. We are currently consulting on what new areas of law should be addressed in our next programme of law reform. To do this, we are asking: where is the law failing to work... More
    Opened 2 July 2013
  • Comisiwn y Gyfraith: 12th Raglen Diwygio'r Gyfraith

    Mae Comisiwn y Gyfraith yn ymgymryd â phrosiectau diwygio'r gyfraith gyda'r bwriad o wneud y gyfraith yn deg, syml, clir a chost-effeithiol. Ar hyn o bryd rydym yn ymgynghori ar ba feysydd newydd ddylai cael eu trin yn ein rhaglen nesaf o ddiwygio'r gyfraith. I wneud hyn, rydym yn gofyn: yn... More
    Opened 2 July 2013
  • Review of Legal Services Regulation

    To obtain more information about the challenges legal service providers face the Ministry of Justice is conducting a review of the legal services statutory framework. The review, part of the Government's red tape challenge, will consider what could be done to simplify the regulatory framework... More
    Opened 10 June 2013
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