Latest Challenge for the Courts to Legal Aid Cuts

This in yesterday courtesy of Georgio (Yr12): Judges have overturned Government plans to deny legal aid to people who have not lived in the UK continuously for at least 12 months(Michael Gove’s  addition to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012).

The Supreme Court announced it is to allow an appeal by campaigners against proposals for a so-called residence test, which they argued restricted access to justice for foreign-born individuals in civil cases.

The ruling was a victory for legal charity and pressure group Public Law Project (PLP).

A panel of seven Supreme Court justices agreed and ruled that if implemented the move would constitute an act ultra vires (beyond legal authority).

Check it out; this is timely and very useful for all Yr12s (and re-sitters):

Unit 2 Judges & Civil Liberties – The spec states

  • Role of judiciary – role & significance of judiciary in promoting rule-based governance.
  • Power & influence of judges. Knowledge & understanding of relationship between judiciary & other branches of govt.
  • The extent to which judges can check the power of the executive & Legislature.
  • Civil liberties/individual rights. Impact of courts upon civil liberties & individual rights

… so think about how this example is useful on all these fronts.

Similarly, Unit 1 Pressure Groups

  • PLP’s role in this is a great example for the effectiveness of PGs and example of using the courts in order to gain influence.


Or Unit 1 Political Parties

  • The piece doesn’t mention this, but this issue of Legal Aid cuts divided the coalition (due to the Lib Dems opposition) and is now condemned by the SNP and Labour party.
  • Additionally it is a good example of divisions within the Tory party (factions questions), given moderate Conservatives are uncomfortable with the erosion of civil liberties that legal Aid cuts produce.

…READ IT!! (Thanks Georgio)