Court of Appeal allows Prison Law Legal Aid Challenge to Proceed

The Court of Appeal has today granted permission to appeal in the challenge to the prison law legal aid cuts being brought by two specialist charities, the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners' Advice Service. Permission to proceed with a judicial review was refused by the High Court earlier this year but this decision will now be reconsidered by the Court of Appeal.


The challenges concern the decision to cut most aspects of prison law from legal aid funding, including cases involving mother and baby units, all resettlement and sentence planning cases and some parole board hearings.


The two charities are represented by Alex Gask and Martha Spurrier, led by Phillippa Kaufmann QC.  Their instructing solicitor is Simon Creighton at Bhatt Murphy.


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