R (on the application of Sisangia) v Director of Legal Aid Casework

Legal aid – Entitlement. The claimant sought judicial review of the defendant Director of Legal Aid Casework's refusal to provide legal aid funding for her intended false imprisonment claim against the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that para 21(4) of Sch 1 to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, was a comprehensive definition of abuse of position or power and that only the claimant's arrest needed to be shown to have been deliberate or dishonest. Accordingly, the proposed claim for civil legal aid fell within the provisions of para 21 of Sch 1 to the Act.

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