Criminal Legal Aid duty contracts tender – judicial review outcome

In an email to Law Society members today, Law Society President, Andrew Caplen said:

“The deeply disappointing judgment, in which the High Court rejected legal challenges brought by the Law Society and the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association has been handed down this morning.

The press statement which announces our intention to appeal is here for your information.
http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/criminal-legal-aid-duty-contracts-judicial-review/

This is on our website and will also be issued via social media and through a special Legal Aid Update.

We do not yet know when the duty tender process will restart.  We will keep you informed and publish more information and guidance, including a template Delivery Partnership Agreement as soon as we understand this.”