A woman who wants to bring family law proceedings against her allegedly violent former partner has launched a High Court challenge over the Legal Aid Board's refusal to fund her action.
Published 13 January 2021
Landmark domestic abuse legislation has been delayed by Justice Minister Naomi Long due to a row over legal aid and is no longer expected to become law by the end of the year.
Published 8 December 2020
The Court of Appeal has ruled on two appeals relating to the procedural fairness of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal.
Published 7 December 2020
Proposals to provide victims of domestic abuse with greater access to legal aid in family law cases have been approved by the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Published 19 November 2020
The vast majority of legal aid lawyers in England and Wales are suffering from stress and most have trouble sleeping, MPs have been told.
Published 19 November 2020
The Legal Aid Board has denied claims that cuts to fees for solicitors advising international protection applicants will impact access to justice for a vulnerable group of people.
Published 15 October 2020
The Legal Aid Board is bracing for an increase in demand and delays in accessing legal services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its chairperson Philip O'Leary has said.
Published 8 October 2020
Fresh cuts to legal aid for international protection applications will further limit access to justice for vulnerable people, lawyers have warned.
Published 7 October 2020
Legal rights group FLAC assisted around 27,000 people last year as it marked its 50th anniversary, according to its latest annual report.
Published 1 October 2020
More than 5,000 local law firms and up to half of law centres in England and Wales could go bust as a result of the COVID-19 crisis if the UK government does not step in, MPs have warned.
Published 4 August 2020
The new government's programme "falls short" on access to justice in a number of key areas, legal rights group FLAC has said.
Published 6 July 2020
A 64-year-old cleaner has won an age and disability discrimination case in the Workplace Relations Commission with support from legal rights group FLAC.
Published 26 June 2020
Law centres are facing dramatic increases in calls from workers concerned about their employment rights during the coronavirus pandemic.
Published 2 June 2020
The number of applications to the legal aid agency's COVID-19 interim payment scheme has fallen sharply in its second full week of operation.
Published 29 May 2020
Nearly a third of solicitor applications and nearly half of barrister applications to the legal aid agency's COVID-19 interim payment scheme have been rejected.
Published 21 May 2020