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"If a litigant in person can complete the exceptional funding form they almost demonstrate they don't need representation"

Justice Committee hears evidence on the effects of LASPO. Recorded 2 September 2014

  • The Justice Committee yesterday took evidence from leading family lawyers and campaigners concerining the effect of LASPO on family proceedings, in particular, private children law work and exceptional funding.

    In a rare moment of levity David Emmerson, who chairs Resolution's Legal AId Committee, summarised recent discussions between themselves and the LAA who agreed, perhaps tongue in cheek, that the application for exceptional funding is so difficult that if a litigant in person can complete it they 'almost demonstrate that they don't need legal aid'.

    The other contributors were:

    • Jane Robey, National Family Mediation
    • Susan Jacklin QC, Family Law Bar Association
    • Clare Laxton, Women's Aid
    • Emma Scott, Rights of Women
    • Philippa Newis, Gingerbread

    The recorded session can be accessed on the parliament.tv site.

    It is not known yet when the Committee will report back.

News, published: 03/09/2014

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Published: 03/09/2014

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