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Information re application of Interests of Justice Test to Criminal CRM14 applications

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Dear Legal Aid Agency,

ANy documentation relevant to the following issues:

1) In the Mersey/ Cheshire area, what instructions/advice are the LAA designated officers who consider CRM14 applications, or those who manage them, given about specific types of criminal offences that should not be granted LA on IOJ. What instructions/advice are they given that would at least seek to reduce the granting of legal aid for certain types of offences ? Are they curently given any instructions/advice that they should judge the IOJ grounds more stringently , than they might have done during a previous time frame.

2) are the LAA designated officers who consider CRM14 applications, or those who manage them, given any "quota" type of instruction/advice in relation to reducing the amount of LA applications that should be granted on IOJ grounds - for example that they should aim to reduce the amount granted by a certian percentage or number within a certain time frame? Are there any other practices in place in order to achieve a similar affect?

Yours faithfully,

Matt Reynolds

Information Governance (LAA),

Dear Matt Reynolds,

 

Thank you for your email of 25 June 2015. Your request is being handled
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

Under the Act, the department is required to provide you with a response
within 20 working days. We will write to you in response to your request
for information by 23 July 2015.

 

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contact us quoting reference number 98519 in all future correspondence.

 

 

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Dear Mr Reynolds,

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information as
referenced above.

 

 

 

Kind regards

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Dear Mr Reynolds,

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information as
referenced above.

 

 

 

Kind regards

Information Governance

 

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Dear Mr Reynolds

 

It has come to my attention that the response sent to you yesterday was
not the correct version, but in fact a draft based on an incorrect
interpretation of your request.

 

I am pleased to provide the attached response which supersedes that sent
yesterday. I apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

Kind Regards

 

Information Governance

 

From: Information Governance (LAA)
Sent: 16 July 2015 10:31
To: [FOI #276716 email]
Subject: 98519 - Your Freedom of Information Request

 

Dear Mr Reynolds,

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information as
referenced above.

 

 

 

Kind regards

Information Governance

 

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