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star this property date less than 2019-02-19more like thismore than 2019-02-19
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Divorce more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for a divorce were lodged between Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 223057 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-27more like thismore than 2019-02-27
unstar this property answer text <p>The National Statistics publication ‘Family Court Statistics Quarterly: October to December 2018’ which includes the number of divorce petitions will be published on Gov.uk:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/family-court-statistics-quarterly" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/family-court-statistics-quarterly</a> .</p><p> </p><p>The latest figures available cover the period up to September 2018 and are found here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-court-statistics-quarterly-july-to-september-2018" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-court-statistics-quarterly-july-to-september-2018</a></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
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less than 2019-02-27T17:16:19.837Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-27T17:16:19.837Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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4131
unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1086481
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star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when criminal legal aid remuneration rates were last raised in real terms for legal professionals. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 230737 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
unstar this property answer text <p>Criminal defence lawyers play a crucial role in upholding the rule of law and the Government greatly values their contribution.</p><p> </p><p>Last year we spent £1.6bn on legal aid, with more than half on criminal legal aid. In addition, following consultation with the profession, we increased overall funding of the Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) by £23m and brought forward a 1% increase in fees which came into effect along with the new scheme on 31 December 2018. This represents a 10% increase on AGFS spend in 2016-17.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, we are conducting a fundamental review of criminal legal aid fee schemes, which will report back by the end of Summer 2020. This will go far beyond our previous proposals, including pre-charge advice at the police station, advice and advocacy services in the Magistrates’ Court, and litigation and advocacy services in the Crown Court.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
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less than 2019-03-18T16:17:14.017Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T16:17:14.017Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1086482
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star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of low remuneration rates for criminal solicitors on recruitment to the profession. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 230738 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
unstar this property answer text <p>Defence solicitors carry out valuable work and we are determined to ensure publicly-funded criminal defence work remains a sustainable and attractive profession.</p><p> </p><p>That is why a fundamental review of criminal legal aid fee schemes is currently underway. This will go far beyond our previous proposals, including pre-charge advice at the police station, advice and advocacy services in the Magistrates’ Court, and litigation and advocacy services in the Crown Court, and will report back by the end of Summer 2020.</p><p> </p><p>The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) monitors capacity across criminal legal aid contracts on a regular basis and takes action to ensure there is ongoing availability of criminal legal advice for the public. Last year we spent £1.6bn on legal aid, with more than half on criminal legal aid.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
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less than 2019-03-18T16:19:55.877Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T16:19:55.877Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1086483
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star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who his Department is consulting with as part of its review into criminal legal aid fees. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 230739 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
unstar this property answer text <p>We will be working with a range of agencies and stakeholders – and the criminal defence profession in particular – to gather the necessary evidence to ensure this review is as robust and wide-ranging as possible.</p><p> </p><p>We are currently scoping the review and are already working with the professions to determine the specific issues that the review should consider. A defence practitioner advisory panel has been established to ensure practitioners’ views are carefully considered as part of the review.</p><p> </p><p>This includes representatives from the:</p><ul><li>Bar Council</li><li>Bar Council Young Barristers' Committee</li><li>Big Firms’ Group</li><li>Chartered Institute of Legal Executives</li><li>Bar Circuit Leaders</li><li>Criminal Bar Association</li><li>Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association</li><li>Law Society</li><li>Law Society Junior Lawyers Division</li><li>Legal Aid Practitioners Group</li><li>London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association</li><li>Public Defender Service</li><li>Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates</li><li>Young Legal Aid Lawyers</li></ul><p> </p><p>We will also engage with wider stakeholders, including relevant experts and user engagement groups.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
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less than 2019-03-18T16:31:49.777Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T16:31:49.777Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1086484
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star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the continued viability of the criminal legal aid sector while his review of criminal legal aid fees is ongoing. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 230740 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is clear that there are sufficient solicitors and barristers to undertake criminal legal aid-funded cases and will make sure this continues to be the case. The Legal Aid Agency monitors capacity across criminal legal aid contracts on an ongoing basis. Where issues are identified, the LAA takes action to ensure there is ongoing availability of criminal legal advice for the public. Last year we spent £1.6bn on legal aid, with more than half on criminal legal aid.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
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less than 2019-03-18T16:36:55.457Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T16:36:55.457Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1086485
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star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on justice of the limit on what can be paid through the Legal Aid Agency for experts’ reports in criminal cases. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 230741 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
unstar this property answer text <p>We must continue to ensure that every aspect of fee remuneration represents value for money for the taxpayer. This includes the fees currently paid to experts.</p><p> </p><p>However, we recognise that in some specific areas, it is necessary to pay a particular level of rates to secure the necessary expertise. Therefore, the rates for some specific expert types vary, based on the nature of the expertise. Furthermore, solicitors can apply for higher expert fees under exceptional circumstances in cases where an expert’s evidence is key to the client’s case, and where either an expert with a high degree of seniority is required due to the complexity of the material, or the material is of a specialised and unusual nature that only very few experts are available to provide the necessary evidence.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
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less than 2019-03-18T16:37:46.933Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T16:37:46.933Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1091202
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star this property date less than 2019-03-19more like thismore than 2019-03-19
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading NHS: Negligence more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will bring forward legislative proposals to reform the tort of negligence in medical malpractice to address the rising cost of clinical negligence claims. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 234133 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
unstar this property answer text <p>In 2017 the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report which challenged the Government to publish a co-ordinated strategy to reduce clinical negligence costs.</p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Justice is working jointly with the Department of Health and Social Care, the Treasury, Cabinet Office, NHS Resolution and others, to respond to the challenge from NAO in the report <em>Managing the Costs of Clinical Negligence in Trusts</em> to publish a co-ordinated strategy to reduce clinical negligence costs. We are looking at all the drivers of costs, as challenged by NAO, and a wide range of options are being considered. We will update the House when we are in a position to do so.</p><p> </p><p>The Civil Justice Council (CJC) is expected to report shortly on proposals to extend fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in clinical negligence cases up to £25k damages. The Government will consult before implementing any extension of FRC following the CJC report.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 234134 more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T17:18:34.497Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T17:18:34.497Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1091203
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star this property date less than 2019-03-19more like thismore than 2019-03-19
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading NHS: Negligence more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will work with the Civil Justice Council to fix recoverable costs for clinical negligence claims above £25,000 and below £250,000. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 234134 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
unstar this property answer text <p>In 2017 the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report which challenged the Government to publish a co-ordinated strategy to reduce clinical negligence costs.</p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Justice is working jointly with the Department of Health and Social Care, the Treasury, Cabinet Office, NHS Resolution and others, to respond to the challenge from NAO in the report <em>Managing the Costs of Clinical Negligence in Trusts</em> to publish a co-ordinated strategy to reduce clinical negligence costs. We are looking at all the drivers of costs, as challenged by NAO, and a wide range of options are being considered. We will update the House when we are in a position to do so.</p><p> </p><p>The Civil Justice Council (CJC) is expected to report shortly on proposals to extend fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in clinical negligence cases up to £25k damages. The Government will consult before implementing any extension of FRC following the CJC report.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 234133 more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T17:18:34.56Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T17:18:34.56Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this