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The government has agreed to amend the law so that legal aid certificates can be backdated to the date when the application for legal aid was made.
The decision comes after a successful judicial review into the Legal Aid Agency’s refusal to backdate legal aid certificates. The current system means that lawyers often have to carry out work before the Legal Aid Agency has granted a certificate, in order to secure clients’ access to justice.
The government will amend the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012 to allow legal aid certificates to be backdated to the date of application for legal aid.