Important changes to Legal Aid rules in Family Law cases
Following a Ministry of Justice announcement on 4 December 2017, the Legal Aid Rules affecting victims of Domestic Abuse will be amended as of January 2018.
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it will be removing the time limit on evidence that has previously been required by victims of Domestic Abuse, which required them to show that they had suffered abuse within the past 5 years, in order to be granted Legal Aid for advice and representation in Family court proceedings.
Additionally, the Ministry of Justice has announced it will widen the types of evidence that can be supplied to prove abuse has occurred, to include Statements from Domestic Violence Support Organisations and Housing Support Officers.
These changes will make a significant difference to victims of Domestic Abuse, or those who are at risk of suffering Domestic Abuse, to access Legal Aid in Private Family Law Cases.
Hewitts have a team of experienced Family lawyers practicing in all areas of Private and Public Family Law cases. If you require advice or assistance in any area of Family Law, members of our team can be contacted at any of our four offices across the region.