The Court of Appeal recently decided that the existing domestic abuse gateway to private law family legal aid was unlawful because:
- It only permitted evidence within the last two years;
- It had no mechanism for proving financial abuse.
In a written statement to Parliament today, the minister gave the government’s response.
It has laid new regulations, coming into force on Monday 25 April, extending the two year period to five years, and including provision for financial abuse. It will also review the needs of victims of domestic abuse with a view to developing “evidence based” replacement regulations in the long term.