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For a second time this month, criminal barristers across the State have withdrawn their services as part of The Bar of Ireland's campaign for fee restoration. Protests took place this morning at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin as well as courthouses in Cork, Limerick, Castlebar and Galway.

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Criminal barristers gathered outside courthouses across the State yesterday as they withdrew services to pile pressure on the government over fee restoration. Irish Legal News yesterday reported from the largest gathering at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.

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Criminal barristers across the State have withdrawn their services today in a major escalation of The Bar of Ireland's campaign for fee restoration. Dozens of barristers and some solicitor colleagues defied the wind and rain to gather in front of the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin this morning

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Criminal barristers across the State will withdraw their services tomorrow in a major escalation of the Bar Council's campaign for fee restoration. Protests will take place at 16 courthouses where criminal cases are due to be held, including the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, on the first of

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Criminal barristers are set to strike again on three dates in July following the government's failure to follow through on a promise to review fee levels. The Bar Council last night agreed to recommend to its members in criminal practice across the State that they should withdraw services on Tuesday

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The English justice minister, Alex Chalk, is being taken to the court by lawyers who say legal aid fees are so low they cannot provide representation to thousands of people. The case before the High Court in London revolves around access to legal aid for immigration and asylum lawyers and is being b

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Defence solicitors in Scotland have begun their first week of industrial action over domestic abuse cases after a collapse in talks with the Scottish government over reforms to legal aid. They will also decline to act where an accused has no solicitor and cannot represent themselves — and will

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Criminal barristers have been urged by the Bar Council not to take part in a proposed wildcat strike over fee restoration. Hundreds of barristers are said to have signed a declaration which states that they "will not attend court on or after the 1st June 2024 for cases involving State-funded prosecu

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A new law and family mediation centre in Ballymun has been launched by the Legal Aid Board. Located in the Lidl North Quarter of Ballymun, the new centre — the Board's 34th national centre — will provide access to civil legal aid and advice to the people of Ballymun and nearby areas.

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The Legal Aid Board has set out its plans to enhance the delivery of civil legal aid and family mediation services to the public over the next three years. The statement of strategy for 2024–2026 places a strong focus on community service, alternative dispute resolution, and civil justice refo

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A public consultation has been launched as part of a review of civil legal services in Northern Ireland. The Department of Justice is seeking views from people who have needed to get legal advice or help in court for issues including family courts, non-molestation order, faulty goods, exclusion from

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Northern Ireland's legal aid spend was close to £102 million in 2022/23, an increase of seven per cent on the previous year, new figures show. A total of 63,976 cases were granted legal aid, of which over two-thirds (68 per cent) were criminal cases and around a third were civil cases.

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Stormont's new justice committee has been briefed on key issues by the Bar of Northern Ireland and the Law Society of Northern Ireland. The new committee is chaired by DUP MLA Joanne Bunting, with Sinn Féin's Deirdre Hargey as vice-chair. It heard from representatives of the two legal profess

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Nuala Egan SC has been appointed as chairperson of the Legal Aid Board. An experienced barrister who previously served on the Board, Ms Egan succeeds Ms Justice Nuala Jackson, who was appointed in 2021 for what was originally meant to be a five-year term.

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