Legal Aid in Northern Ireland - Annual Statistics to March 2023

Date published: 28 March 2024

This bulletin presents legal aid statistics up to March 2023 and covers the number of applications granted, and authorised expenditure, for both criminal and civil cases in Northern Ireland.  Applicant and provider characteristics are also explored. It is the Agency’s inaugural Official Statistics publication.


To assist with the interpretation of our annual statistics and how they are produced, please view our Annual Statistics User Guide.


With an immediate focus on 2022/23, comparisons are made where possible back to 2019/20 - the year in which the Legal Services Agency Northern Ireland launched its new digital case management system (LAMS) as part of an extensive transformation program.  A copy of the full report, along with supporting documents, can be accessed using the links below.



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