Legal Aid - A Potted History

Key Points

  • As from 1st April 2000 legal aid became known as "Legal Help" (for advice, replacing the previous "green form" scheme) or "Help at Court" (for representation in court).
  • As of April 2013, the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 removed the availability of legal aid across England and Wales for all employment law matters except those involving discrimination.
  • Since 2013 , In England and Wales, Legal Help and Help at Court are administered by the Legal Aid Agency, an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, Previously they were administered by the Legal Services Commission which replaced the Legal Aid Board on 1st April 2000.
  • For details of availability of legal aid in Scotland, see the Scottish Legal Aid Board website and for Northern Ireland, see The Legal Services Agency Northern Ireland
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