‘The ability of individuals to resolve their legal issues is vital for a just society and it is crucial that people are able to access support when they need it.’
This is from a February 2019 review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
During the past year, the Government has been conducting a post-implementation review (PIR) to assess the impact of Part 1 of LASPO against its original objectives. More than 130 organisations engaged with the review team during the process, either through submission of evidence or directly in individual meetings, consultative group sessions or events. The views and evidence submitted, alongside the Government’s own evidence, are published in the Post Implementation Review.
The MoJ have also used the opportunity to look at how the full range of legal support should be delivered in the future. The new approach is outlined in the Legal Support Action Plan.