Law Centres Update 4

Mike Dailly, Principal Solicitor of Govan Law Centre and chair of the Law Society of Scotland‘s Access to Justice Committee, has called for the Scottish Legal Aid Board to be scrapped in a cost-cutting move which could save up to £40 Million a year. The proposal would see the creation of a new body from the ashes of SLAB and the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, which would handle “all legal complaints, payments and strategic planning”.

Renfrewshire Law Centre are having a busy month as they launch their Law Wise clinic at the University of the West of Scotland. They are also looking for new members and (unpaid) directors.

The News & Star reports that Tony Brown, a former manager of Carlisle Law Centre (now Cumbria Law Centre) has been acquitted on charges of disorderly conduct during a visit to the town of then PM, Gordon Brown. He claimed that police were trying to stop him protesting. Tony Brown is said to be considering an action against the police for wrongful arrest.

Finally, the University of Bristol’s Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC), has been awarded two grants totalling nearly 2.4 Million Euros by the European Commission (EC). The funding will contribute towards research into torture prevention in Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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