R (Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners' Advice Service) v Lord Chancellor

Legal aid – Criminal cases. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in allowing the claimant charities' application for judicial review, held that the high threshold required for a finding of inherent or systemic unfairness in the removal of legal aid had been satisfied in the case of pre-tariff reviews by the Parole Board, category A reviews and decisions as to placement in close supervision centres. However, the threshold had not been satisfied in relation to decisions about offending behaviour programmes and disciplinary procedures.

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