Legal Aid

There have been votes in Parliament on the subject of eligibility for legal aid. Matters which have been voted on include means testing, if aid should be generally restricted to those residing in the UK, and which legal services should be funded by legal aid.

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Siobhain McDonagh almost always voted against restricting the scope of legal aid

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Major votes

  • On 26 Ebr 2022: Siobhain McDonagh was absent for a vote on Judicial Review and Courts Bill — After Clause 42 — Publicly Funded Legal Representation for Bereaved People at Certain Inquests Show vote
  • On 25 Ion 2022: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio to provide publicly funded legal representation for bereaved people at inquests where a public body has a connection to the case. Show vote
  • On 9 Gor 2014: Siobhain McDonagh was absent for a vote on Draft Civil Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2014 — Residence Test for Legal Aid Eligibility Show vote
  • On 5 Rha 2012: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio not to extend legal aid to certain welfare appeals and certain international child benefit recovery cases. Show vote
  • On 17 Ebr 2012: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio to require the Lord Chancellor to ensure that, subject to resources, individuals have access to legal services that effectively meet their needs. Show vote
  • On 17 Ebr 2012: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio to make legal aid available in respect of social welfare decisions. Show vote
  • On 17 Ebr 2012: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio to make legal aid available to children in a wider range of cases. Show vote
  • On 2 Tach 2011: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio to make legal aid available to cover the entirety of assistance required where people are deemed to have complex, interconnected needs, some of which do not usually attract aid. Show vote
  • On 2 Tach 2011: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio against reforming reform legal aid, against removing it from some types of cases, against sentencing and remand reforms and not to introduce new offences relating to threatening with a weapon. Show vote
  • On 31 Hyd 2011: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio to make legal aid available in clinical negligence cases. Show vote
  • On 29 Meh 2011: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio against reforming reform legal aid, against removing it from some types of cases, against sentencing and remand reforms and not to introduce new offences relating to threatening with a weapon. Show vote

Minor votes

  • On 22 Ion 2014: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio against legal aid only being provided in cases assessed to have a greater than "borderline" chance of success. Show vote
  • On 5 Rha 2012: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio against proposed criteria for determining if legal aid is to be awarded in particular circumstances. Show vote
  • On 31 Hyd 2011: Siobhain McDonagh wedi pleidleisio to explicitly include threats plus financial and emotional abuse in the definition of domestic abuse used in relation to the award of civil legal aid to domestic abuse victims. Show vote

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