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MoJ seeks views on DV victims seeking legal aid in private family cases

Law Society urges members to complete the MoJ survey

The government recently amended and announced a review of the evidence requirements for victims of domestic abuse seeking legal aid in private family cases.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has now started work with the Law Society, the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Resolution and Rights of Women to gather more information about the existing arrangements and how they operate in practice.

The MoJ has developed a survey to gather the views of legal practitioners and domestic abuse support services on the arrangements, how they work on the ground and how they might be improved. The Law Society says that responses will be vital in making sure changes to government regulations are evidence-based and draw on the experiences of those directly supporting victims of domestic abuse and involved in the process of accessing legal aid.

The Law Society urges practitioners to complete this survey no later than Friday 1 July. The survey is here.