Legal Aid

16-30 of 137 Articles
Clock icon 2 minutes

The Dublin Solicitors Bar Association (DSBA) criminal law committee has published practical guidance for solicitors ahead of the one-day barristers' strike next week. The committee acknowledges "the support solicitors may wish to extend to their barrister colleagues" and provides "advice which may b

Clock icon 2 minutes

Legal rights charity FLAC has said it "unequivocally supports" next week's one-day strike by criminal barristers. The Bar Council has called on criminal barristers to withdraw services on 3 October 2023 to pile pressure on government ministers over fee restoration, with fees remaining below 2002 lev

Clock icon 1 minute

The Mayo Solicitors' Bar Association (MSBA) has issued a statement in support of the Bar Council's withdrawal of criminal legal aid services next week. The Bar Council has called on criminal barristers to withdraw services for one day on 3 October 2023 in a major escalation of its campaign for fee r

Clock icon 3 minutes

In a statement published below in full, the Council of the Law Society of Ireland calls on government ministers to accept the "irrefutable" case for restoration of criminal legal aid fees in the 2024 budget. The failure by successive governments to adequately invest in the criminal justice system is

Clock icon 2 minutes

The Parole Board's legal aid scheme provided legal representation to 38 applicants and 28 victims in the first year-and-a-half of its operation, new figures show. The statutory Parole Board today published its first annual report, covering the period from 31 July 2021 — when the Parole Ac

Clock icon 1 minute

Legal aid should be provided in all domestic violence and child care cases before the family courts, regardless of income, a judge has suggested. In comments reported by The Irish Times, Judge John Campbell, of Dublin District Court, told a conference on domestic violence and child protection that t

Clock icon 4 minutes

Defendants who lie about their financial circumstances to obtain legal aid could face up to six months' imprisonment under sweeping reforms to the administration of the criminal legal aid scheme. The Criminal Justice (Legal Aid) Bill 2023 will transfer administrative responsibility for the scheme fr

Clock icon 5 minutes

Chief Justice Donal O'Donnell compared the provision of civil legal aid in the State to the provision of healthcare before the major reforms of the 1970s as he launched a new report on access to justice today. A 90-page report of the speeches delivered and issues explored during the two-day conferen

Clock icon 2 minutes

It was never supposed to come to this. The Bar Council's historic decision to call for strike action over fee restoration is undoubtedly a dramatic development — and one that Irish Legal News believes is entirely justified. Successive governments have had long enough to rectify an abysmal situ

Clock icon 2 minutes

The Bar Council of Ireland has called on criminal barristers to take part in a one-day strike this October in a major escalation of its campaign for fee restoration. Sara Phelan SC, chair, said the Bar Council had been "left with no choice" as a result of the government's failure to restore fees for

Clock icon 2 minutes

A leading psychiatrist has withdrawn from criminal legal aid work due to the "derisory remuneration" on offer. In a letter seen by Irish Legal News, Professor Patricia Casey — a professor emeritus of psychiatry at University College Dublin and a consultant at Blackrock Health — said she

Clock icon 3 minutes

At least 4,400 people were unable to get through to FLAC's telephone line in 2022 due to overwhelming demand, the independent legal, equality and human rights organisation's latest annual report reveals. Mr Justice Frank Clarke, the former Chief Justice and chair of the civil legal aid review group,

Clock icon 2 minutes

The names of the barristers and solicitors who earned the most from the criminal legal aid scheme in 2022 have been published. John M. Quinn was the highest-earning solicitor and highest earner overall, with €664,247.77 in income through the scheme.

16-30 of 137 Articles