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User guide to legal aid statistics in England and Wales

These documents supplement the quarterly legal aid statistics bulletin by providing a comprehensive guide to the statistics, data and how to use them.

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Index of data in Legal aid statistics

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These documents supplement the quarterly legal aid statistics bulletin by providing a comprehensive guide to the statistics, data and how to use them.

They provide a brief background overview of the legal aid system including recent reforms, and it also covers:

  • explanations of terminology
  • data sources and quality
  • revisions policy
  • users and uses of the statistics
  • other explanatory notes
  • lists available data
  • guidance for working with data
  • quality statement
Published 26 March 2015
Last updated 30 June 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated for the January to March 2022 edition of the legal aid statistics

  2. Updated for the October to December 2021 edition of the legal aid statistics

  3. Updated for the July to September 2021 edition of the legal aid statistics

  4. Updated for the April to June 2021 edition of the legal aid statistics

  5. Updated for the April to June 2021 edition of the legal aid statistics

  6. Updated for the January to March 2021 edition of the legal aid statistics

  7. Updated for the October to December 2020 edition of the legal aid statistics

  8. User guide and Index updated for the July to September 2020 edition of the legal aid statistics also HTML version of Quality statement and User Guide added

  9. User guide and Index updated for the April to June 2020 edition of the legal aid statistics

  10. User guide and Index updated for the January to March 2020 edition of the legal aid statistics

  11. User guide and Index updated for the October to December 2019 edition of the legal aid statistics Separate Quality statement (previously included in the user guide) published

  12. User guide and Index updated for the July to September 2019 edition of the legal aid statistics

  13. User guide and Index updated for the April to June 2019 edition of the legal aid statistics

  14. Updated revisions policy hyperlink

  15. User guide updated for the January to March 2019 edition of the legal aid statistics and Index of data is added to this page.

  16. User guide updated for the October to December 2018 edition of the legal aid statistics

  17. User guide updated

  18. User guide updated for the July to September 2018 edition of the legal aid statistics

  19. Guide updated.

  20. User guide updated for the January to March 2018 edition of the legal aid statistics

  21. Guide updated.

  22. User guide updated

  23. Guide updated.

  24. User guide updated.

  25. Guide updated.

  26. Updated user guide added to page.

  27. Guide updated.

  28. New version of the user guide published.

  29. Updated version of ‘A guide to legal aid statistics in England and Wales’ added to page.

  30. Updated guide published.

  31. Updated 'Legal Aid Statistics guide' added to page.

  32. Updated guidance published

  33. First published.