"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Saturday 14 June 2014

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".

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