Post-implementation review of LASPO

The Secretary of State has announced the launch of the engagement phase of the review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).


Terms of Reference

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The ability of everyone to resolve their legal issues is vital to a just society. We are committed to ensuring legal aid and other forms of legal support are available to those who need it.

In recognition of the extensive nature of the changes made by LASPO and subsequent amendments, the government is undertaking a Post-Implementation Review (PIR).

Since the introduction of LASPO, there have been significant developments in our justice system. This includes the processes through which people can access legal advice. We have seen changes in our courts and tribunals service, which are also apparent more generally in the rapid technological advancements seen across society over the past 7 years.

The aim of PIR will be to assess the impact of the set of policies introduced by and since LASPO, but also use this opportunity to inform its wider consideration on the future of legal support in the justice system.

To inform the above review, and the government’s thinking on how we move forward into the future, the government is keen to engage with interested parties who wish to contribute to the evidence-gathering exercise of PIR.

The Ministry of Justice have therefore sent out invitations to stakeholders to take part in 4 sector-based consultative groups to inform the review. The terms of reference which will inform the evidence gathering process is available on this page.

As the Justice Secretary announced yesterday (7 March 2018), we will plan to publish our findings later this year.

If you wish to provide the Ministry of Justice with analytical evidence please email

Published 8 March 2018