Concerns over legal aid reforms

May 2, 2007

The Lord Chancellor faces renewed pressure to drop or delay plans for overhauling the legal aid scheme with a damning report today from MPs.

The Constitutional Affairs Committee says that if the proposed reforms go ahead, there is a risk to access to justice for the most vulnerable in society.The Constitutional Affairs Committee says that if the proposed reforms go ahead. there is a risk to access to justice for the most vulnerable in society.

Four separate court challenges are being prepared against the Lord Chancellor over plans to overhaul the scheme.

The report further expresses concern about the impact on ethnic minority law firms, which tend to be small and to cater for the ethnic minority communities.

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