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Access to Justice Act 1999

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what amendments have been made to the Access to Justice Act 1999; and if he will make a statement; (303893)

(2) what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents he (i) has issued since 1999 and (ii) plans to issue in the next 12 months consequent on the provisions of the Access to Justice Act 1999; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what recent representations he has received on the operation of the Access to Justice Act 1999; what assessment he has made of the effects of the provisions of that Act on people accused of a criminal offence; and if he will make a statement.

The Access to Justice Act 1999 covers a very wide range of areas, including civil and criminal legal aid, conditional fee and litigation funding agreements, legal services regulation, judges, and the courts, and therefore this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.