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2014-01-14: Portland clinic to provide free legal aid to homeless (The Forecaster)
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2014-01-14: Strategy is published to ameliorate impact of legal aid cuts (Civil Society)
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2014-01-13: Barnsley born barrister speaks out about cuts to legal aid fees (The Star)
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2014-01-13: Legal aid error may have denied justice to Hong Kong's poor (South China Morning Post)
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2014-01-13: Declining crime rates will 'save £80m a year in legal aid' (The Guardian)
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2014-01-13: How legal aid cuts are harming the voiceless and most vulnerable (New Statesman)
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2014-01-13: Courts becoming clogged as legal aid cuts affect separating couples seeking mediation (The Independent)
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2014-01-12: University of Huddersfield students give free legal advice (The Hudderfield Daily Examiner)
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2014-01-11: Crime doesn’t pay (The Economist)
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2014-01-10: Legal aid cuts are ‘taking the profession back to Dickensian times’, says No5 Chambers (The Lawyer)
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2014-01-10: Lawyers warn legal aid cuts risk unjust FCA court cases (Money Marketing)
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2014-01-10: Legal Aid Scheme gets UNDP’s support (Spy Ghana)
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2014-01-10: Portland to start legal aid service for homeless (Press Herald)
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2014-01-10: Help available for those who can't afford lawyers (Courier Journal)
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2014-01-10: Learn legal basics in upcoming free classes (The Tennessean)
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2014-01-10: ‘Chronic problem’ with legal aid in abduction cases (The Law Society Gazette)
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2014-01-09: £100m advice fund needed to offset legal aid and welfare cuts, says commission (Wales Online)
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2014-01-08: Legal aid cuts force Hillsborough and Stephen Lawrence barrister Michael Mansfield QC to close his chambers (Mirror)
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2014-01-08: Wazirabad village gets legal aid clinic (Times of India)
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2014-01-08: Tanzania: Human Rights - When Legal Aid Is Accessible to Grassroots (All Africa)
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Recent research, consultations and official publications

Scotland, Scottish Legal Aid Board Annual Report 2012-2013 Released, The Scottish Legal Aid Board has recently released their 2012-13 Annual Report.

England & Wales, Human Rights Joint Committee - Seventh Report The implications for access to justice of the Government's proposals to reform legal aid, The published report was ordered by the House of Lords.

England & Wales, The Low Commission on the Future of Advice and Legal Support, The final report of the Low Commission calls for a fresh approach to social welfare law provision.

Scotland, Redesigning the Community Justice System: A Consultation on Proposals,

England & Wales, Access to Justice for Litigants in Person (or self-represented litigants), The Civil Justice Council has released a report discussing the implications of the proposed reduction of publicly-funded legal aid.

England & Wales, Family Justice Review Final Report (The Norgrove Report), The Family Justice Review Final Report (The Norgrove Report) that contains a wide-ranging set of proposals is now available.

, Needs Evaluation Survey for South Pacific Lawyer Associations, This study by the South Pacific Lawyers Association reports access to justice gaps in many South Pacific nations

USA, Access Across America, 'Access Across America' authored by Rebecca L. Sandefur and Aaron C. Smyth is a report on the state-by-state mapping of services available to assist the U.S. public in accessing civil justice.

Scotland, A Sustainable Future for Legal Aid, The Scottish Government has released a report outlining a three year plan for the legal aid in Scotland.

Scotland, Consultation on the Creation of a Scottish Civil Justice Council, The Scottish Government has published a consultation paper seeking views on proposals for the creation of a Scottish Civil Justice Council to replace the existing civil rules councils.

Scotland, SLAB release 2010-11 Annual Report, The Scottish Legal Aid Board have released their 2010-11 annual report.

United States, Expert Working Group Report: International Perspectives on Indigent Defence, from the US Department of Justice

England & Wales, Unequal before the law? The Future of Legal Aid, is a report published by an Independent Commission that considers the apparently bleak future of legal aid in England and Wales.The Commission comprises of Diana Holland of Unite, Evan Harris, who was once a Liberal Democrat MP and Rev. Professor Nicholas Sagovsky.

Canada, The Public Commission on Legal Aid Report, The final report of the Public Commission on Legal Aid in British Columbia, Canada.

England Wales, Law Society response to the Green Paper proposals for the reform of legal aid, The Law Society's response to the Green Paper proposals for the reform of legal aid in England and Wales.

England and Wales, The Equality and Diversity Forum response to Legal Aid reform proposals, The Equality and Diversity Forum response to the MoJ Legal Aid reform proposals.

England and Wales, JUSTICE response (questionnaire), The JUSTICE response (questionnaire)to proposals for reform of legal aid in England and Wales.

England and Wales, Shelter England - Response - Proposals for the reform of Legal Aid, Shelter's response to the MoJ - Proposals for the reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales

England and Wales, Access to Justice Action Group Response, Access to Justice Action Group Response to the Proposals for Reform of Civil Litigation Funding and Costs in England and Wales: Consultation.

, Youth Access to legal aid Green Paper, Response by Youth Access to Proposals for Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales.

Newsletter and feature stories

Indigent Defence: International Perspectives and Research Needs
by Maureen McGough

Delivering Legal Advice over the Phone: What Do We Know?
by Marisol Smith, Legal Services Research Centre, London

Changes to Legal Aid in New Zealand
by Sir John Hansen

Legal Aid, Development and Bangladesh: Signs of Progress
By Ian Morrison

Internet and Telephone-Based Services in Ontario’s Community Legal Clinics
by Kerri Joffe, Staff Lawyer (On Leave), Arch Disability Law Centre. This article is, in part, a response to an article published in the newsletter last year, and available on the ILAG website, entitled Applying New Client Service Technologies Legal Aid Ontario, Canada by Charles Lafortune, Director, Strategic Technology and Innovation

Getting Away from it All
Roger Smith reports on the 2011 ILAG conference which took place in Helsinki, Finland.

Legal Aid in England and Wales: Entering the Endgame
Legal Aid in England and Wales: Entering the Endgame by Roger Smith. This article, to be published in the forthcoming spring 2011 JUSTICE’s Journal seeks to put recent proposed reforms in England and Wales into their historical and, to some extent, international context.

The Development of Legal Aid Foundation (LAF) and its Social Impacts in Taiwan
The Development of Legal Aid Foundation (LAF) and its Social Impacts in Taiwan by Yu-Shan Chang (UCL MPhil Student, Former project-based voluntary lawyer of LAF Taipei Branch Office).

The English condition: a view into a domestic debate
The English condition: a view into a domestic debate by Roger Smith, Justice, London.

South Africa: The Legal Resource Centre (LRC) Revealed
South Africa: The Legal Resource Centre (LRC) Revealed by William Kerfoot, Attorney, LRC Cape Town Office.

Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales: A Summary
By Roger Smith

Applying New Client Service Technologies Legal Aid Ontario, Canada
Applying New Client Service Technologies Legal Aid Ontario, Canada by Charles Lafortune, Director, Strategic Technology and Innovation

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* 14 January 2014
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