Two Parliamentary debates on legal aid are scheduled for the coming weeks, in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 11th May, and in the House of Lords on Thursday 19th May. As the government has not yet announced its decisions on the outcome of the legal aid reform consultation, it is important to keep the profile of legal aid issues high. You can contact your MP and urge them to attend the Westminster Hall debate via writetothem.com. Justice for All have tips and materials to use when contacting your MP.
UPDATE – The transcript of the Westminster Hall debate is now available from Hansard. It seems that, disappointingly, the debate was not particularly well attended. Nor, before he was cut off in mid-flow to allow discussion to move on to the crucial matter of the M4 link road, did there seem to be any signals from the minister of a change of heart, though Jon Robins in the Guardian perhaps finds a chink of hope in the indication that there has been “careful consideration” of the extent of the domestic violence exception in family cases.
FURTHER UPDATE: The transcript and video (from 3hr24m) of the Lords debate are now available