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Public Defenders: Liverpool

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice where the work that was being dealt with by the Public Defender Office in St. John’s street, Liverpool has been transferred to. (150635)

Wherever possible the Public Defender Service completed existing clients’ cases. In cases where it was not possible to complete work, the client was invited to nominate another Criminal Defence Service Provider and every assistance was given in aiding the smooth transfer of the case.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been made redundant as a result of the closure of the Public Defender Office in St. John’s Street, Liverpool; and what their positions were. (150636)

In total 12 people were made redundant. This figure is made up of the head of office, the quality manager, a barrister, five solicitors, two accredited representatives and two administrators.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the Public Defender Office in St. John’s street, Liverpool has been closed; and who was consulted on the closure of that Office. (150645)

The decisions made about the Liverpool PDS office were made in the light of the independent evaluation of the PDS pilot, the needs of clients and the wider legal aid reform programme. The Legal Services Commission consulted its recognised trade unions and every individual affected by the closure.