Government urged to review legal aid means test in wake of Charlie Gard case

Legal aid eligibility restrictions now affecting more people than just the most vulnerable, lawyers say

26 Jul 2017

Lawyers have urged the government to review the financial means tests for legal aid as part of its review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

The call comes in the wake of comments by Mr Justice Francis in the Charlie Gard case on Monday expressing concern that Charlie’s parents were not eligible for legal aid and had to rely on lawyers representing them pro bono throughout.

The main organisation representing the ...

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