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Justice: Family Law

Volume 710: debated on Thursday 7 May 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have proposals to secure the continued representation by solicitors and counsel in independent practice, paid from public funds, of persons involved in family law disputes.[HL3117]

The consultation Family Legal Aid Funding from 2010, published by the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Services Commission, closed on 3 April 2009. The Legal Service Commission is currently analysing the responses. The consultation covers two payment schemes, the private family law representation scheme and the family advocacy scheme, which will cover representation by solicitors and counsel in independent practice.