Since 1998, the French Legal Aid scheme has undergone a number of reforms. The following changes were introduced by Article 74 of the Finance Law of 29 December 2010 for 2011: counsel's hearing fees in legal aid cases are no longer covered by the state; the rules relating to the withdrawal of legal aid have been revised; an application for legal aid now interrupts the time limit for serving a notice of appeal; the time limit for appeals against decisions by the Legal Aid Board has been reduced; lawyers' remuneration has been reduced; a party's right to distribute the burden of the costs when they have the benefit of legal aid has been restricted; the allocation of powers between the courts and the Legal Aid Board has been revised with respect to withdrawals.
Participants will be given an overview of the legal aid scheme in operation, how it functions and the challenges it faces.
The course will take the form of lectures followed by Q&A sessions and round table discussions. It will provide the main players with a forum in which to discuss their practices and any difficulties they may have encountered.