Latest legal aid statistics published

The MoJ has published the latest quarterly statistics bulletin showing take up of legal aid cases. The figures make for depressing reading. In summary:

  • The crime figures continue to fall year on year, with a 7% reduction in crime lower work but a 14% fall in expenditure
  • 13% fewer Crown Court representation orders were granted and 3% fewer Crown Court cases completed;
  • Civil legal aid volumes are running at one third of pre-LASPO levels, and continue to fall – matter starts were down 6% and certificates down 7% compared to the same quarter last year
  • Within that, there are variations for individual categories of law:
    • overall, family work has fallen by 6%, but family mediation is going up – starts by 19% and assessments by 33%
    • mental health starts have fallen by 4%
    • immigration work has increased by 1% and housing by 2%
    • other categories are small, but in most cases going down – most noticeably in actions against the police and public law, though community care is going up
  • Exceptional funding application numbers have fallen by 12% over the last year, and the grant rate is 8% lower than the previous quarter (though 11% higher than last year). Most grants were for family (33% of the total), immigration (41%) and inquests (13%)

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