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Welcome news : changes to legal aid rules from January 2018

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:27 pm
by Jacinta, FRG Adviser
Welcome News - changes to legal aid rules for victims of domestic violence or those at risk of domestic violence.

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed in their press release dated 5th December 2017: more legal aid support for victims of domestic violence that:

From January 2018

• There will be no time limit on abuse evidence (initially the time limit was 2 years subsequently extended to 5 years).
• The range of documents accepted as evidence will be widened to include statements from domestic violence support organisations and housing support services.

This follows Rights of Women’s successful legal challenge against the Government last year. For more information please see their news bulletin: domestic violence legal aid changes finally confirmed by government.