Press Association: Guidance on legal aid 'unlawful'
'Guidance issued by Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling in relation to granting legal aid for immigration cases has been ruled "unlawful and too restrictive" by the High Court.
'Quashing refusals of legal aid in six cases, a judge said the guidance "sets too high a threshold" and "produces unfairness" by denying publicly-funded legal advice to applicants in "exceptional cases".
'Mr Justice Collins, sitting in London, said it was "a fundamental principle that anyone in the UK is subject to its laws and is entitled to their protection".
'He said: "Thus there must be a fair and effective hearing available and the guidance, as the facts of some of the cases I have dealt with show, produces unfairness".