Published 9th March 2013
After the 1st April 2013, the responsibility for commissioning Legal Aid will pass from the Legal Services Commission to the Ministry of Justice. Also from this day, the regulations regarding Legal Aid will change, this is part of the Government’s aims to reduce its deficit.
Under the new reform, many cases will cease to be financed by Government, leaving many of our society’s most vulnerable people unable to access the justice system without paying for representation themselves or carrying out the whole process themselves. All matters of child contact, residence and financial issues following divorce/separation will cease to be funded unless the case involves domestic abuse and acceptable evidence is presented.
It is good to know, however, that obtaining a Non-Molestation Order under Legal Aid requires no further evidence than before the reform, and that the Non-Molestation Order can be used as evidence of domestic abuse to obtain legal aid.