Legal Aid Reform in the Netherlands: Laspo 2.0?
On invitation Jos Hoevenaars attended the 7th annual Civil Justice Council National Forum on access to justice for those without means taking place in London on 7 December 2018. The full day forum brought together members from across the British advice and pro bono sector, courts and tribunals, government, the legal profession, universities (UK and abroad), charities, foundations and institutions to discuss the current state of the legal aid sector in the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom. The day saw some 20 different speakers as well as several in-depth breakout session in which divergent subjects such as funding, technology, the need for data collection and analysis, and the intersection between legal needs and mental health were discussed among the over 200 participants in more detail.
Published: November 14, 2018
On 9 November 2018, the Dutch Minister of Legal Protection Sander Dekker presented his plans for the overhaul of the Dutch system for subsidized legal aid. The proposal follows closely one of the aims of the current Dutch government to stimulate out-of-court dispute resolution, and steers significantly towards pre-judicial triage, (online) information and advice, and out-of-court settlement. Jos Hoevenaars draws a parallel between the proposed changes and previous reforms in in England and Wales following the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) of 2012 on conflictoflaws.net.