Consultation on the Magistrates’ Courts and County Court Appeals Rules

Consultation opened on 21 July 2021. Closing date 01 September 2021.

Summary

The Magistrates’ Courts and County Court Appeals (Criminal Legal Aid) (Costs) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2009 (“the 2009 Rules”) prescribe the remuneration for solicitors and counsel representing defendants in publicly funded criminal cases in the Magistrates’ Courts and on appeal to the County Court. Rule 16 requires the Department of Justice (DoJ) to conduct a formal review of the levels of the prescribed fees and rates of payment under the 2009 Rules every three years.

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Consultation description

 This is the targeted consultation on the draft amending rules: The Magistrates’ Courts and County Court Appeals (Criminal Legal Aid) (Costs) (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2021, which give effect to policy proposals arising from the second statutory review of the 2009 Rules. Further information on the 2017 consultation and associated impact assessment screenings is available at the consultation section of this website.

Consultation report is available at the publication section of this website

 

 

 

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