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Government launches post-implementation review of LASPO

Findings will be published later this year

In recognition of the extensive nature of the changes made by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) and subsequent amendments, the government has announced that it is undertaking a Post-Implementation Review (PIR).

The Ministry of Justice has noted that since the introduction of LASPO, there have been significant developments in the justice system. This includes the processes through which people can access legal advice. There have also been changes in the courts and tribunals service, which are also apparent more generally in the rapid technological advancements seen across society over the past seven years.

The aim of PIR will be to assess the impact of the set of policies introduced by and since LASPO, but also use this opportunity to inform its wider consideration on the future of legal support in the justice system.

To inform the above review, and the government's thinking on how we move forward into the future, the government is keen to engage with interested parties who wish to contribute to the evidence-gathering exercise of PIR.

The Ministry of Justice has therefore sent out invitations to stakeholders to take part in 4 sector-based consultative groups to inform the review. For the terms of reference which will inform the evidence gathering process, click here.