Local authorities supporting children after the cuts to legal aid, Coram Children's Legal Centre & NRPF Network, 2013 SLF supported Coram Children's Legal Centre on a three month project to gather evidence on current practice and develop legal arguments regarding local authority duties to fund immigration legal services for looked after children, care leavers, and families supported under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989. For more information about this work, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
R (Public Law Project) v Secretary of State for Justice, CO/17247/2013
SLF supported Bindmans Solicitors, working in association with Public Law Project, to research the impact of the proposed residence test for legal aid on child migrants, and to develop a challenge to this. The Divisional Court made an Order declaring that the statutory instrument that would have bought the residence test for civil legal aid into force on 4 August is unlawful. The draft instrument was withdrawn from Parliament following the Court’s judgment that it was unauthorised by Parliament, discriminatory and impossible to justify. The Lord Chancellor was granted permission to appeal by the Court but “only on the basis that the appeal raises obvious points of important principle”.
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