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. These documents set out the findings of the second formal review of the 2009 Rules.
Consultation opened on 20 November 2017. Closing date 15 January 2018.