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Court of Appeal rules legal aid cuts for prisoners unlawful

Related Member(s):
Phillippa Kaufmann QC, Hugh Southey QC
Related Practice Area(s):
Human Rights, Prison Law

The Court of Appeal has ruled that cuts to legal aid for prisoners in England and Wales were unlawful. In 2013 The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service challenged the government’s decision to remove certain categories of prison law from the scope of criminal legal aid. Three judges ruled in their favour, citing that the cuts were “inherently unfair” in certain situations. Phillippa Kaufmann QC and Hugh Southey QC were involved in this case. To read about the judgment in more detail, please see here.