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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Section 32: Foreign law

223.Section 32 concerns the availability of legal aid services in relation to foreign law. This section reflects the current provision about legal aid in relation to foreign law at section 19 of the Access to Justice Act 1999.

224.Subsection (1) restricts the applicability of the civil legal services made available under the Act to the law of England and Wales only, except where the Act specifies otherwise, where foreign law is relevant to proceedings in England and Wales, or where the Lord Chancellor specifies otherwise by order. Subsection (2) makes similar provision in relation to criminal legal aid.

225.Subsection (3) limits the Lord Chancellor’s ability to make an order under subsections (1) and (2).

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