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Legal aid plan to speed up trials

PUBLISHED May 11, 2005

Plans to cut the amount of money spent on legal aid and stop criminal trials over-running in England and Wales are to be unveiled by the Lord Chancellor.

Under the proposals, lawyers would bid for legal aid contracts and they would have to foot the bill if a criminal case lasted longer than expected.
Since Labour came to power eight years ago, the legal aid bill has increased by more than a third to over £2bn.