Legal Aid Bill in Committee Stage

The Bill aimed at severely restricting Legal Aid provision is worming its way through the Parliamentary process and is now at Committee Stage in the House of Commons.

 The Committee, a mix of 8 Labour, 10 Conservative, 2 Lib Dem with a Plaid MP thrown in for good measure, is responsible for examining every line of the bill and debating its merits. The committee is able to change the wording of the bill, but not its substance.

The Committe first met yesterday to hear evidence from a number of professional witnesses, including representatives from the Bar Council, the Law Society, the Legal Services Commission and the director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Sarmer. A trnscript of that meeting has been published on the Parliament website though there’s no mention of immigration as yet.

The committee next meets tomorrow (Thursday 14 July) and then again on Tuesday 19 July to hear from more witnesses, and then they will meet each Tuesday and Thursday between 6 September and 13 October for the line by line scrutiny.

ILPA have briefed the Committee about the proposals, and we’ve reiterated their concerns. All meetings of the committee are open to the public. We’ve set out the the e mail addresses of the Committee members below. We hope that you e mail your concerns and case-studies to them as unless people more generally are kicking up a fuss they’re not going to do very much about these measures.

 The committee is made up of:

Chairs: Jim Sheridan (Lab) sheridanj@parliament.uk and Mr Philip Hollobone (Cons) philip.hollobone.mp@parliament.uk

21 Members

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