The Potential Impact of Legal Aid Cuts

This project is exploring the potential impact of changes to funding for legal aid in criminal cases on applications to the CCRC.

ESRC funding was confirmed in September 2018 following completion of a scoping report and the team from Sussex University began working at the CCRC using casework data at the start of 2019. The in-depth qualitative and quantitative research will explore levels of legal representation, the quality of applications being made to the CCRC and the use of evidence in such applications.

Prof Richard Vogler, Dr Lucy Welsh, Dr Liz McDonnell and Dr Susann Wiedlitzka responded to a CCRC research call in which the Commission sought suitably qualified contractors to explore the effects of Legal Aid changes on applicant representation. The CCRC will report any relevant findings to the appropriate public bodies and agencies as part of its remit to disseminate such information to key stakeholders to improve the criminal justice system and prevent miscarriages of justice.