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Proposed amendments to the Legal Aid for Crown Court Proceedings (Costs) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2005

The Department of Justice is carrying out a consultation on amendments to the Legal Aid for Crown Court Proceedings (Costs) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2005 (the 2005 Rules).

The consultation document seeks views on the proposals but is particularly interested to receive views on specific aspects of the proposals. These are:

  • Whether the proposed fees payable in respect of confiscation hearings and Public Protection Application Fees are consistent with the value for money test contained in Article 37 of the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;
  • Whether anything can be identified that should be changed in the proposals to enable the fees to be adjusted to produce fairer remuneration; and
  • Whether the new rules should be brought into operation in respect of all defence certificates granted on or after 1 August 2012.

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Responding to this consultation

All responses should be returned by 4 May 2012 to:

Chris.McGregor@courtsni.gov.uk

Or in writing to:

Chris McGregor
Consultation Coordinator
Public Legal Services Division
Access to Justice Directorate
Department of Justice
3rd Floor, Bedford House
16-22 Bedford Street
Belfast BT2 7FD

Hard copies of the consultation document, and alternative formats, can be made available on request.

Tel: 028 9041 2241

Text phone: 028 9052 7668

Fax: 028 9041 2357