Application for judicial review of Prisoners’ legal aid partially granted


Re: R (Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service) v The Lord Chancellor [2017] EWCA Civ 244

The application for judicial review challenging the removal of certain categories of prison law from the scope of criminal legal aid was partially granted. The Court concluded that the high threshold required for a finding of inherent or systematic unfairness had been satisfied in the case of pre-tariff reviews by the Parole Board, category A reviews and decisions as to placement in a CSC.

Phillippa Kaufmann QC and Hugh Southey QC were involved in this case.