Controversial Legal Aid Bill receives Royal Assent
Despite suffering eight defeats in the House of Lords as the proposed legislation passed through Parliament, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LASPO) has received Royal Assent and is now an Act of Parliament.
This means that the various changes to the scope, eligibility and other aspects of the legal aid scheme are now law. They are due to be implemented on 1 April 2013.
The Legal Services Commission will be replaced by the Legal Aid Agency, which will be an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice.
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