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Lords vote for LASPO amendment

PUBLISHED March 5, 2012

The government lost the first vote in the House of Lords on an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

Peers accepted by 235 to 190 votes an amendment tabled by barrister and crossbencher Lord Pannick to create a duty for the lord chancellor to ensure that individuals have access to legal services that effectively meet their needs.

The amendment, supported by the Bar Council, is designed to ensure that the bill states on its face that its purpose is to secure access to justice so far as possible within the resources allocated.

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