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[Solved] Article on the impact of legal aid reforms

 
Mojo
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This makes for pretty sad reading. 🙁

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/legal-aid-parents-child-custody-representation-family-courts-a8757051.html

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Topic starter Posted : 07/02/2019 2:45 pm
actd
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Exceptions are available only when the applicant can supply hard evidence of domestic abuse

Hard evidence? looks like they have a loose definition of that.

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Posted : 08/02/2019 12:43 am
Mojo
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... it's a pity that supplying hard evidence of abuse, doesn't seem to have filtered down... although I do suspect that some of the agencies involved, some women's refuges and solicitors, know how to play the system to full effect.

That said, it's a really difficult call, as domestic abuse is very real and how do you challenge someone that may have been subjected to it? There are no easy answers.

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Topic starter Posted : 08/02/2019 2:23 am
actd
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I agree, and it would be tragic if genuine cases were turned away. However, one possible solution might be to prosecute anyone who makes such a claim and it's found to be a lie - if there are consequences for lying, it might filter out the fraudulent cases. Along with this, it would need additional support for the genuine cases.

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Posted : 13/02/2019 11:32 pm
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