The latest tranche of regulations implementing legal aid transformation changes come into effect for cases started on or after on 22nd April.
- Changes to the structure of family fees following the implementation of the new single family court
- A cut of 10% to the fees payable in care and supervision cases
- Making the following types of legal aid non-means tested:
- Mediation Information and Assessment meetings (provided the other party is financially eligible)
- Mediation in certain Hague Convention cases
- Making payment in judicial review cases contingent on permission being granted, or on the LAA agreeing to payment in the absence of permission – see the Handbook Updates page for more.
- Extending the types of evidence that qualify an applicant for family legal aid as a victim of domestic violence or child abuse (see our post)
There is also a minor set of regulations extending the powers of the LAA to make enquiries into benefits received.
Update: post updated 22nd April to make clear Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings are only non-means tested where the other party has already been found to be eligible