This Court of Appeal decision heralds a significant breakthrough in challenging the wholly inadequate provision of Legal Aid for victims of abuse since LAPSO came into force.
The majority of my clients who are or have been victims of domestic abuse have little to no evidence available and would not satisfy the current criteria despite the severity of abuse suffered by them.
It is also beyond belief that victims who have managed to flee a dangerous relationship and may not have had contact with their ex for several years, would not qualify for legal aid during later proceedings that arise simply due to the passing of time.
Common sense finally prevails!
For nearly three years we know that the strict evidence requirements for legal aid have cut too many women off from the very family law remedies that could keep them and their children safe. Today's important judgment means that more women affected by violence will have access to advice and representation in the family courts.