Mark Tami votes against cuts to legal aid

There was a debate in Parliament yesterday (08/05/18) brought forward by Labour MP, Richard Burgeon, calling for cuts to legal aid to be revoked.

On 1 April 2018 the government imposed a new Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) that has changed how barristers and other advocates are paid for criminal trials in the Crown Court.

Under the new system the vast majority of cases will now receive a flat fee for a case. Labour is calling on the government to revoke this amendment as it disincentives lawyers from undertaking complex cases that require weeks of preparation.

Mark Tami MP voted for the amendment to be revoked but Labour MPs were defeated by their Tory counterparts.

Mark Tami MP said; “The Justice System is in crisis, driven by 40% cuts to the Ministry of Justice budget in the decade to 2020.

“These cuts are leading to numerous miscarriages of justice as people are left unrepresented in criminal cases. It’s a scandal that has led to damaging public trust in the judicial system.

“There has been widespread backlash within the law community and it is therefore quite clear that the Government needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new funding system that has the support of these professionals.”

To view the debate online please visit https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-05-08/debates/0034BFB5-B820-45B1-9D8D-FBBED6A1ABFE/CriminalLegalAid