Law Centre (NI) views on the future of Civil Legal Aid in Northern Ireland
The Law Centre has responded to the Department of Justice consultation on Civil Legal Aid.
Our preferred position is that DoJ does not remove employment, immigration or social security from the scope of civil legal aid.
If DoJ does proceed with the current proposals then:
- DOJ must recognise that advice organisations rely on Green Form to fund interpreters and expert reports. Additional funding will need to be available;
- a system for applying for funding on an exceptional basis needs to be devised.