On the 8th March there was a short post on this blog discussing the judgment in Brown -v- London Borough of Haringey  EWCA Civ 483 about the availability of legal aid in committal proceedings. This included the passage
” The question of the availability of legal aid in such proceedings needs to be clear to lawyer and layman alike. It is not. The legislation is disgracefully complex”
I recorded how I had an email from someone faced with committal proceedings. They had been to around 20 firms seeking legal aid for committal proceedings. The LAA kept telling the solicitors that legal aid is not available.
There are useful comments from readers on the blog post.
Yesterday I received an email from the person in question stating that he managed to obtain legal aid using a criminal defence firm.
This shows that legal aid is available in these proceedings. It is just very hard to obtain. Particularly in the face of statements that legal aid was not available.