The announcement of the winners of the new legal aid contracts that were due end of September 2015 have been delayed again. The Ministry of Justice has said they are working hard to finalise the quality assurance required to make sure these important decisions are right.
The firms involved have been informed that they will learn the outcome of their bids for one of the reduced number of contracts to provide 24-hour cover at police stations on 15 October 2015, despite the fact that the new duty and own-client contracts are still expected to commence on 11 January 2016. Read more.
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