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Ford consults on proposals to remove personal injury and money damage claims from scope of legal aid

Justice Minister David Ford has signalled his intention to remove personal injury litigation and some money damages litigation from the scope of legal aid.
Thursday, 4 April 2013

The Access to Justice Review recommended that most money damage cases
should be removed from the scope of legal aid, provided that an alternative means of securing and improving access to justice can be implemented.

Minister of Justice David Ford MLA,Northern Ireland Department of Justice

Publishing the consultation document ‘Alternative methods of funding money damages claims’ the Minister sets out six options for alternative funding of such claims.

David Ford said: “The Access to Justice Review recommended that most money damage cases should be removed from the scope of legal aid, provided that an alternative means of securing and improving access to justice can be implemented. I accepted this recommendation and since then the Legal Services Commission has been in close liaison with key stakeholders to develop the options outlined in this consultation paper.”

“I urge all those with an interest in our civil justice system to examine closely the options which have been identified and let us know which option would best improve access to justice in this area of law.”

The consultation period closes on 28 June 2013.

Notes to editors

1. Download the consultation document ‘Alternative methods of funding money damages claims

2. Copies can be made available in other formats on request.

3. Responses should be returned by 28 June 2013 to:

Money Damages Consultation
Public Legal Services Division
Department of Justice
Massey House
Stormont Estate
Belfast
BT4 3SX

Email: moneydamages@dojni.x.gsi.gov.uk

Facsimile: 028 90 16 9502

Tel: 028 90 16 9518

Text phone: 028 90 52 7668

4. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office on 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.