Legal Aid

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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

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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

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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

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A leading psychiatrist has withdrawn from criminal legal aid work due to the "derisory remuneration" on offer.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

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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,

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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.

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Just 14 applications for a legal aid eligibility waiver on the grounds of domestic abuse have been issued since they became available in Northern Ireland over a year ago, new figures show. The Domestic Abuse and Civil Proceedings Act (Northern Ireland) 2021, which came into force in February 2022,&n

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The civil legal aid scheme should be extended to cover housing issues amid a "protracted housing, homelessness and accommodation crisis", the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has recommended. The rights body has published its submission to the independent review of the civil legal aid sche

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The Bar of Ireland is seeking talks with ministers over fee restoration for barristers after reports that the government would consider increases in exchange for unspecified concessions. Professional fees paid to barristers practising criminal law on behalf of the State were slashed by amounts rangi

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Barristers staged protests outside of courthouses yesterday to condemn the "pitiful rates" paid to defence lawyers practising in the District Court under the criminal legal aid scheme. Dozens of junior lawyers, joined by a handful of senior colleagues in a show of solidarity, gathered outside the Cr

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New legislation transferring responsibility for the criminal legal aid scheme to the Legal Aid Board will be drafted this summer under government plans published today. Justice Plan 2023, outlining over 140 actions to be taken by the government this year, was published today by justice minister Simo

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Joan Crawford has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Legal Aid Board. The Legal Aid Board is the statutory, independent body responsible for the provision of civil legal aid and advice to people of modest means.

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