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Short Update: COVID-19 has 'significantly reduced' value of criminal legal aid offer, according to lawyers in the UK

FairTrialsAdmin - June 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Access to a lawyer

The Ministry of Justice in the UK is currently assessing criminal legal aid fees and shared its first round of proposals in February. At the time, the Law Society set out that the £50 million package proposed was 'woefully inadequate'. Given the impact of COVID-19, which has seen the number of cases passing through the courts dramatically decrease, the Law Society has restated the need for government policy to properly address the financial crisis faced by the criminal legal aid sector. Amongst other measures, the Law Society has appealed to the government to urgently reverse the 8.75 percent fee cut imposed in 2014. 

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