The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue September 2011
I am currently on recall. At the police station I was represented by a duty solicitor and made the decision for his firm to represent me at my parole hearing. I was told that legal aid would be granted after my partner’s financial situation had been taking into account. I have now received a letter from my solicitor informing me that my application for legal aid has been declined. In order to qualify my partner was not allowed more than £99 in disposable income available to her each week. Yes, she does have more than £99, but not much more. Consideration has not been given to the fact that out of that money my partner needs to eat, clothe herself and other general expenses. I now find myself in the position of having to represent myself at a Parole Board hearing, which is very daunting indeed.
There are indications in the letter from my solicitor that things would be a lot easier for me if I were not in a relationship with my partner. Well, that is all very well, but I am. Besides, being NFA is not going to enhance my chances of getting released by the Parole Board. Couple that with the fact that if I deny my relationship I would be lying and I am not prepared to do that.
Myself and my partner have contributed over the years to Britain’s coffers in the way of taxes so why am I now being penalised when people who have never worked a day in their lives are entitled to legal aid? I think this is unjust and totally unfair. My solicitor has indicated that the fee for being represented at an oral hearing would be in the region of £3,500, with an immediate £600 needed for the solicitor to continue. Neither I nor my partner have that kind of money.
On a final note, if there is an honest, reputable and caring out-of-work solicitor out there who might want to help please get in touch. But you would be working for nothing. Thank you.
Comments about this letter
There are no comments, be the first to leave one!
Take the moral high ground
Cause of the riots? Let’s ask the rioters
Slopping out revisited
Branston not closing down
Backlash for complaining
Historic sex offence cases a travesty of justice
Drop me out!
Duvet rip off
Isolated prisoners will help raise awareness
Return of al-Megrahi
Branded with the brush of denial
No confidence in MoJ
40% Deduction from wages a double jeopardy
Tackling canteen price increases
Charity should begin (and stay) at home
‘Mis-management’ of our prisons
Lie detector tests for all PMIs
HMP encouraging prisoners to break the law
Current page: How mean is means testing
Well done, son
March 2014 Headlines
The price of injustice
I used art to get out of the sticky stuff
Homicides in prison
The Parole Board takes action to ensure fair and timely reviews
Parole in the brave new world
The problem with memory
You will be believed’ is the Police and CPS mantra for claims of sex offences
Inhuman treatment for sex offenders: Scotland goes back to the future
The right to rights
Month by Month - March 2014
Criminal Justice and Courts Bill
Thinking about legal action
Jobs after jail
The price of injustice
Bob Woffinden writes March 2014
From over the wall
The Kids are alright
Appealing against conviction
Shaun Kellett at the Smith Partnership wants to help you
Conspiracy to Defraud – what’s the silver bullet
Will your voice now be heard
The future of the Parole Board and IPP...a downward slope
Mothers Day Messages
New! Volume 5 of
is now available!
A collection of poems by prisoners of all backgrounds.
Availabe to buy from this site! Volume 1,2,3 and 4 are also still available and you can SAVE by purchasing bundles!
The Useful Services for Prisoners scheme from insidetime provides discounts, vouchers and other benefits from USP Group Members for Prisoners, their families and legal advisors. Click the image above to read more about it.
You can subscribe to insidetime Newspaper and get the paper each month delivered to your door!
Advertise your business or solicitors office to a highly defined target audience.
Inside Time has produced a number of books and publications you can purchase online.
All contact info for the Operations office and the Editorial Team.
Our site map page contains links to all pages on the insidetime site.
We have a number of external websites which you may be interested on our Links Page.
Everything you need to know about visiting people in prison; procedures, opening times, directions etc.
Comprehensive information about each prison regime; lock down times, facilities, healthcare etc.
*NEW* Detailed information about IRC - Immigration Removal Centres.
Various pages of information for help and support organisations and networks for those in custody as well as recently released. Also information for friends and family.
This grants and funding pdf document aims to meet the need of prisoners and ex-offenders for accurate, up to date information on the supplementary funding available to prisoners.
Information on rules & regulations used throughout the prison service.
The Glossary of Prison Related Terms explains what all the acronyms and terms stand for with prison related matters. Includes links to external sites to further explain things.
We have produced many Prison Related Fact Sheets inc. Legal Fact Sheets, Parole Fact Sheets and Other related information.
You can search our solicitor database for listings of solicitors in your area that provide the services you require.
You can search our barrister database for listings of barristers in your area that provide the services you require.
You can search our address database in many ways to retrieve contact information for all those elusive addresses you need in a hurry.
This document provides details of leading training providers who offer sound professional training.
Inside Information has produced a number of books and publications you can purchase online.
Our site map page contains links to all pages on the insideinformation site.
Use the Contact Us Feedback form to send us suggestions, plus our address and phone numbers.
insidejustice was launched in July 2010 to investigate alleged miscarriages of justice.
Full introduction is on the insidejustice homepage