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GPs profiting from need for domestic abuse evidence? –

Published by Mark Tattersall in Court system · 9/2/2017 14:51:37

Since April 2013, legal aid has not been available for most family law cases.  There are some minor exceptions, including where a GP produces a letter confirming a report by the person wishing to apply for legal aid of an incident/pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between individuals who are associated with each other and who would be the parties to the relevant potential court proceedings.  A recent report in The Guardian suggests that some GPs are charging for these letters (which need not be long); apparently up to £175. It remains to be seen whether a letter signed by 16 police and crime commissioners about the issue will lead to any action by the government, such as a ban on GPs charging for these letters or a modest limit to the fee.  




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