The Legal Aid Changes and Judicial Review

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The Access to Justice Act 1999, Part I came into force on 1 April 2000. It substantially repeals and replaces the provisions of the Legal Aid Act 1988. Its aim is to put in place a new system for the future operation of public funding of litigation. It will apply to all applications for legal aid made on or after 1 April 2000. It appears that applications made prior to 1 April 2000 and received by the Legal Aid Board before 2 May 2000 will proceed under the “old” system.

This article looks at the effect that these changes will have on judicial review.

Keywords: Access to justice act 1999; Legal Aid Act 1988; judicial review; legal aid

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2000

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  • Judicial Review is now firmly established as the UK's leading journal for lawyers engaged in judicial review, catering for both practitioners and academics. It offers invaluable insights from today's foremost judicial review experts, combining analysis of general judicial review matters with practical information and guidelines for use by practitioners in the prepartation and conduct of applications for judicial review. The journal includes short and accessible items on the law, practice and procedure and recent cases. There is coverage of sub-topics within judicial review such as constitutional change, prison cases, commercial, and environmental judicial review. Other popular features are reviews of the academic literature, surveys of the leading cases, case commentaries and summaries of recent research.

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