A new digital service allowing individuals to request personal information held by the Legal Aid Agency and other parts of the Ministry of Justice is now available.

In a statement on the UK government website, the Legal Aid Agency said the new online service had been designed to “improve user experience” for individuals making Subject Access Requests (SARs) from the Agency and other parts of the Ministry of Justice.

It is open to solicitors and members of the public who wish to request personal information.

Individuals have the right to access and receive a copy of their personal data and other supplementary information. The process of requesting access to this information is called a Subject Access Request. According to the ICO website, SARs can be made verbally or in writing, which can include using social media.

The launch follows a pilot phase in 2021 involving a small group of legal aid practitioners.

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