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This was november 30
I originally applied for a legal aid certificate in January 2013..The solicitor took over 6 months to get it constant delays and completing wrong paperwork and the time delay meant he had gone beyond time allowed and the process had to start again. once I received it he began working for me.He had an initial information sheet in house when my son contacted him. I told him from the beginning the details were not correct and it needed altering and then he said it was ok and just for in house. Then he stopped legal aid stating I had told him wrong information on the in house sheet and said there was no evidence of medical issues which I had stated. This was false as there was information to the contrary of a condition of cauda equina and my private specialist saying obvious spinal injury. I asked for an appeal and said he had done no medical expert reports . He did not think an appeal would win but it did so and stated he had a medical expert ready to go if my certificate was reinstated. The appeal won. He then after finding difficult to speak to him and he did not answer phone calls or emails and stating it was a waste of public money. We decided to go to a new solicitor who did legal aid and he believed the certificate may be reinstated. They then wrote to say it was a waste of public money for endless reports from lots of experts.
The next solicitor found it was stopped under sect. 20.He never sought medical expert advice.
My son collected my files to send to a further solicitor under a CFA agreement. He had the files overnight and found that there was a brief file from chambers stating that I should never be allowed legal aid as it was a complete waste of public and should never be allowed now or in the future. I am in critical care pain clinic and in constant pain especially on sitting or standing,November 2013 my legal aid was stopped.
WeAre taking the case ourselves and self representing.Thanks. Sally
I had a certificate pre changes to lapso act. I am aware as from the 31st march 2013 legal aid was stopped for clinical negligence.
I received a letter from legal aid dated 16th april 2013 received two weeks later to coincide with the easter break so the office was closed. When it reopened I requested an extension to appeal.
My solicitor said he did not expect I would recieve it but I did.
I was reinstated as a live certificate and the solicitor was told that the legal aid case worker felt there was still mileage to go as I had quite serious injuries. I am confused as to why it was stopped under lapso rules. Can you explain please as this is for serious offenders act? Act 6.35 quoted. Help please?