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Unlawful Legal Aid cuts, Inside Time

Still waiting for guidance from MoJ and Parole Board The fourth Lord Chancellor in four years, David Lidington, has withdrawn an appeal to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal’s ruling that several cuts to legal aid for prisoners were unlawful. It has taken over six months for this decision to be made. A Statutory Instrument is now being drafted to reinstate legal aid for: 1. Pre-tariff expiry reviews before the Parole Board; 2. Category A reviews; 3. Close Supervision Centre reviews. It is likely to take up to three months before the legal aid cuts will be reversed. This means that prisoners who need legal help with these cases from February 2018 should be entitled to legal aid if


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