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If not cruel, April was an important - and busy - month for junior legal aid lawyers, writes Emmeli Sundqvist

10 May 2016

April was an important month for legal aid lawyers across the country, as the client and cost management system (CCMS) was made mandatory for all new civil legal aid applications and the Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal to rule that the proposed residence test for civil legal aid is unlawful.

On 1 April 2016, the third anniversary of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) coming into force, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) joined other representative groups in calling for the government to assess the impact of the legal aid cuts at the earliest opportunity.

We also saw the conclusion of the Hillsborough inquest, with justice for the families of the 96 people who lost their lives made possible by public funding for their legal representation at the inquest. Unfortunately, the government maintains that legal aid should only be provided for grieving famili...

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