Meeting started on Tuesday 11 June at 9.33am. Ended at 11.50am

The Police are to be given a role in deciding whether or not a defendant receives legal aid support, under new proposals from Chris Grayling.

Reducing barristers' and solicitors' fees should be an easy policy sell in an era of austerity.

Crown court judges have delivered a damning response to government plans to prevent defendants choosing their solicitor and slice a further £220m off the legal aid budget.

The Government’s own lawyers have condemned its proposed changes to legal aid as “unconscionable”, warning the Attorney General that the reforms will “create an underclass” in Britain with no access to justice.

The European Commission, Parliament and Council have this month reached agreement on the text of a Directive which will guarantee the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and to communicate upon arrest.

Viviane Reding - Vice President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice.

Justice Minister Judith Collins needs to spell out the effect a Court of Appeal decision on the legal aid scheme will have on the cost of that scheme, and what she is going to do to ensure her ministry acts lawfully, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says.

QCs are concerned about the Ministry of Justice's plans to further restrict legal aid for judicial review.