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Independent review of legal aid 02/02/2017 The Scottish Government has announced an independent review of legal aid to ensure it meets the changing needs of Scotland’s justice system.

Independent review of legal aid

The Scottish Government has announced an independent review of legal aid to ensure it meets the changing needs of Scotland’s justice system.

The legal aid system provides publicly funded legal advice and representation in court for those most in need. With legislation in Scotland dating back nearly 30 years, the review will explore how best the legal aid system can contribute to improving people’s lives now and in the future.

The review, which is expected to last a year, is being chaired by Martyn Evans, chief executive of the Carnegie Trust, an organisation dedicated to improving wellbeing for those who are disadvantaged. He will be supported by an expert advisory group drawn from justice organisations and those who have benefited from the legal aid system.

“I am proud we have a legal aid system that enforces people’s rights and upholds social justice,” said Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing, announcing the review in a statement to Parliament. “With legislation that dates back to the 1980s, change is needed and the time is right to conduct a comprehensive review of legal aid. This is about ensuring we have a flexible and progressive system that is sustainable and cost effective.”
 

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