Criminal legal aid is in a precarious state. Richard Miller, head of justice at the Law Society, explains the first steps we’d like to see from the government to offer the justice system the support it urgently needs.
Solicitors working in criminal legal aid are in a “parlous” state. Remuneration should be “substantially increased as soon as possible”. A 15% increase would “be no more than a minimum starting point, to be kept under review going forward”.
These are the words of Sir Christopher Bellamy in his report and subsequent evidence to the Justice Select Committee, after carrying out an independent review to examine the overall sustainability of criminal legal aid and the principles of its fee schemes.