Third Statutory Review of the Legal Aid for Crown Court Proceedings

Consultation opened on 14 March 2022. Closing date 06 June 2022 at 23:59.

Summary

Third Statutory Review of the Legal Aid for Crown Court Proceedings (Costs) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2005, as amended: Consultation on Initial Findings of the Review

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Consultation description

The 2005 Rules, as amended, prescribe the remuneration payable to solicitors and counsel for criminal legal aid in Crown Court cases. There is a statutory requirement under Rule 20 of the 2005 Rules to carry out a formal review of the Rules at least every three years and to ensure that the Rules are consistent with the requirements of Article 37 of the Legal Aid Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 as follows:

 

  • The time and skill which work of the description to which the rules relate requires;
  • The number and general competence of persons undertaking work of that description;
  • The cost to public funds of any provision made by the rules; and
  • The need to secure value for money.
     
    The Department welcomes the views of consultees regarding the initial findings and proposals detailed in the consultation document.
     
    The consultation runs until 16:00 on Monday 06 June 2022.
     
    Responses are invited, in whatever format you choose, to:
     
    Criminal Legal Aid and Remuneration Strategy Branch
    Enabling Access to Justice Division
    Access to Justice Directorate
    Department of Justice
    Massey House
    Stormont Estate
    Belfast
    BT4 3SX
    Email:  Email
    Text phone: 02890 527668

Ways to respond

Email -
eajdconsultations@justice-ni.gov.uk
Write to -
Criminal Legal Aid and Remuneration Strategy Branch
Enabling Access to Justice Division
Access to Justice Directorate
Department of Justice
Massey House
Stormont Estate
Belfast
BT4 3SX

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