Response to the Ministry of Justice’s Post-Implementation Review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) and the Legal Support Action Plan by the Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice’s long awaited review published today, 7 February 2019, includes over 200 pages of careful analysis of the impact of the cuts made by Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). 


Positively, the review recognises front and centre the need for vulnerable people, including children, to be able to achieve access to justice and we welcome some concrete plans to ensure this, such as by bringing legal aid back into scope for separated migrant children and developing public knowledge about law and justice. 

JustRights made detailed submissions to the review about the urgent need for action to ensure that every child and young adult has access to good quality legal information, advice and representation.

We urge the Government to look again at the compelling evidence it has gathered and quickly take the necessary steps to ensure all children and young adults have full access to justice.


JustRights submission to the Review can be found at

LASPO Part 1 review is available at  - the analysis of the impact of cuts on young people can be found at paragraph 184

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Thursday, February 7, 2019