Constitution Committee outlines concern

House of Lords

The House of Lords constitution committee has highlighted “significant” concerns with the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

The committee suggests strengthening the Lord Chancellor’s duty to secure “effective access to justice”, to ensure the director of legal aid casework is sufficiently independent of possible government interference, and to guarantee provision for appeals where legal aid is refused.
Committee chair Baroness Jay, said: “It is important Members of the Lords are aware of some of the implications which may threaten the important rights of access to justice and availability of legal advice to people in police custody.”

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