Amnesty calls for review of LASPO as civil justice system ‘closed to the poorest’ In a new report into LASPO (Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012), Amnesty International have claimed that thousands of vulnerable people have been left without essential legal aid, advice and support due to cuts to civil legal aid. Amnesty’s report, titled Cuts that Hurt: The impact of legal aid cuts on access to justice, demonstrates the negative impact that the controversial legislation has had on civil legal aid in England and Wales. In the report Amnesty show the disproportionate impact the legislation has had on marginalised groups,  as well as highlighting the emergence of what it calls ‘advice deserts’ in parts of the Midlands, the South West and the North of England and documents how the ‘exceptional case funding safety net’ implemented by the government is currently failing to protect the most vulnerable people in society. According to the research there were a total of 925,000 cases in the year before LASPO was introduced that were granted legal aid. Following the introduction of LASPO that figure dropped by a massive 46% to a total of 497,000 cases. In announcing the group’s findings, Amnesty…