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Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Act 2001.

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1Extent of duty to fund advice and assistance

(1)Subsection (1) of section 13 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 (c. 22) (duty of Legal Services Commission to fund advice and assistance as part of Criminal Defence Service) shall be treated as having been enacted with the substitution of the following for paragraph (b) and the words after it—

(b)in prescribed circumstances, for individuals who—

(i)are not within paragraph (a) but are involved in investigations which may lead to criminal proceedings,

(ii)are before a court or other body in such proceedings, or

(iii)have been the subject of such proceedings;

and the assistance which the Commission may consider appropriate includes assistance in the form of advocacy.

(2)Regulations under subsection (1) of section 13 (as amended above) may include provision treating them as having come into force at the same time as that subsection.

2Short title

This Act may be cited as the Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Act 2001.

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