Reports the results of research in 2005 commissioned by the Legal Services Commission on the accuracy of decision-making by magistrates' courts determining criminal legal aid applications in accordance with the merits test under the Access to Justice Act 1999. Compares the results with similar research conducted in 1992, and notes the re-design of the standard application form following the 2005 research. Contemplates the transfer of responsibility for the determination of criminal legal aid applications from the courts to the LSC by the Criminal Defence Service Act 2006.
|Translated title of the contribution||The merits of legal aid in the magistrates' courts revisited|
|Pages (from-to)||109 - 128|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Criminal Law Review|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2007|