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... Recent changes to LASPOA are a threat to the rule of law Summary of the key points made in Fordham, M., Jaffey, B. and Mehta, R. (2013)
The recent changes to LASPOA 2012 provide that for an individual to qualify for legal aid, they must first be “lawfully resident of the UK, Crown Dependencies or British Overseas Territories” (Fordham, Jaffey and Mehta, 2013:219). Secondly, the person is required to have continuously resided within any of the specified territories for 12 months, before the application of the legal aid. The introduction of these changes in LASPOA 2012 goes against the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998, the EU law and the common law, as regards to the equal access to justice for...