18 September 2023: Public Law Project: LORD CHANCELLOR FACES LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER LEGAL AID CRISIS
Public Law Project has taken the first step in bringing legal proceedings against the Lord Chancellor, Alex Chalk KC, arguing that he is in breach of his constitutional duty to make legal aid available for immigration and asylum issues.
In a pre-action letter for judicial review, PLP claims that access to legal aid for immigration and asylum is now so poor that many people are being denied access to justice, which it is the Lord Chancellor’s duty to uphold.
Bringing together all of our evidence on the extent of the legal aid crisis for the first time, our accompanying research report written with Haringey Migrant Support Centre, ‘An Ocean of Unmet Need,’ presents first-hand stories of people unable to access justice and a roadmap on what the Ministry of Justice must do to build a more sustainable sector.
The research shows that:
Read more and access the full report here: https://publiclawproject.org.uk/latest/lord-chancellor-faces-legal-challenge-over-legal-aid-crisis/