The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) runs the legal aid scheme in England and Wales, working in partnership with solicitors and not-for-profit organisations to help people access advice, information and help to address legal problems.
The LAA provides both civil and criminal legal aid and advice. Its work is essential to the fair, effective and efficient operation of the civil and criminal justice systems. The LAA is a delivery organisation which commissions and procures legal aid services from providers (solicitors, barristers and the not-for-profit sector).
The LAA is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. It came into existence on 1st April 2013 following the abolition of the Legal Services Commission as a result of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012.
Its priorities are to:-