Engagement Paper: Pro Bono Costs

Consultation opened on 09 July 2021. Closing date 01 October 2021.


The core function of the Department of Justice (the Department) is to help create a fair, just and safe community where we respect the law and each other. In achieving that objective we are already in a very good place but the Department believes that we can do better and is initiating a Modernisation Programme with two key priorities, to:
• make the system more accessible; and
• make the system fairer, more proportionate and more responsive.


Consultation description

This engagement paper is one of a number of actions brought forward in fulfilment of those priorities.   It seeks views on whether pro bono costs orders should be introduced in Northern Ireland following recent reviews of the legal system which recommended steps be taken to build on the existing strong tradition of pro bono legal work in this jurisdiction.

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