Civil Justice System

Civil legal aid was introduced by the Legal Aid Act 1949 and extended thereafter to cover legal advice (later renamed as ‘legal help’). Traditionally, the major areas covered by legal aid were family law, immigration and asylum, mental health and social welfare law – including issues such as debt, housing, and employment.

JUSTICE has voiced significant opposition to the cuts to legal aid and assistance and remains engaged in the important debate on the future of civil legal aid. Our parliamentary briefings on LASPO can be found under briefings and consultations.