The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have launched a September 2018 inquiry to look at whether legal aid enables people who raise a discrimination complaint in England and Wales to get justice.
This inquiry will look at whether legal aid for discrimination cases provides effective access to justice for people who have suffered discrimination. It will look at:
- How discrimination cases are funded by legal aid
- How many people receive legal aid funding for discrimination claims whether there are barriers to accessing legal aid
- Whether some people experience specific difficulties in accessing legal aid the operation of the telephone service as the access point for most discrimination advice
- If legal aid provides effective access to justice for people who complain of discrimination
- Whether improvements could be made to reduce barriers and improve access to justice
Their findings and recommendations will inform the UK government’s review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).
They will be asking people to submit evidence from mid-September, when they will also set out the areas that we are particularly interested in.
There will be accessible options for submitting evidence.