*M v Director of Legal Aid Casework and others

Criminal evidence – Witness. The claimant sought exceptional public funding to be represented by counsel at the hearing of a summons requiring disclosure of her counselling records in rape proceedings against her husband. The defendant Director of Legal Aid Casework's refused funding and the claimant challenged his decisions by way of judicial review. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that the defendant had illegitimately relied on the presence of the counselling service and had failed to consider the relevance of the notes in any detail or the issue of admissibility at all.

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