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Legal aid evidence requirements for domestic abuse victims relaxed

The Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, which will come into force on 15 May 2020 expand further the types of evidence of domestic violence which may support an application for civil legal aid.

Regulation 8 of the Amendment Regulations amends Schedule 1 to the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012. Regulation 10 provides that the such amendments do not apply to applications for civil legal services made before the coming into force date of these Regulations.

Regulation 7 amends regulation 61 of the 2012 Regulations to set out circumstances when an individual applying for family mediation need not attend the provider's premises in person.

For the Amendment Regulations, click here.