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An increasing number of people in NSW are being shut out of the justice system because they are refused legal aid and are too poor to pay for a lawyer.

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New Zealand has spent a billion dollars on legal aid since 2000, with the five most expensive criminal legal aid grants on cases either discharged, or where the defendant was found to be innocent.

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Formalisation of applications for criminal legal aid and some random means-testing are likely to follow the taking over of the administration of criminal legal aid by the Legal Aid Board, according to its chief executive.

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Millionaire criminal suspects should not be entitled to legal aid to stop tens of millions of pounds being wasted, the former Director of Public Prosecutions said.

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Analysis by King's College London focusing on three areas of civil law says knock-on costs could be £139m a year.

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Kenneth Clarke unexpectedly announced a six-month delay to plans to slice £350m out of the annual legal aid budget. 

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Ministry of Justice plans to replace law centres and advisers with telephone 'gateway' will decimate social welfare law, critics say.

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The government's controversial changes to sentencing policy and legal aid have cleared the Commons, despite opposition from MPs of all parties.

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Pity the justice secretary. Ken Clarke came to office in 2010 with some fine ideas about sending fewer people to prison and rehabilitating offenders.

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There is an assumption in the memorandum of understanding between Ireland and the EU-ECB-IMF that the implementation of the recommendations of the Competition Authority and the Legal Costs Working Group will reduce legal costs. 

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