Criminal Legal Aid Panel(s) - eTC deadline


The time-frame for submitting your electronic Tax Clearance Certificate (eTC) is from 1 December 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Criminal legal aid tax clearance certificate

Solicitors wishing to have their name retained on the Criminal Legal Aid Panel beyond 30 November 2020, for the year commencing 1 December 2020, must submit an eTC to the relevant County Registrar after 30 November 2020 but before 31 December 2020. A printed eTC dated after 30 November 2020 should be forwarded to the relevant County Registrar(s)/Office Manager(s) for verification.   

In order to remain on the panel in 2021, a solicitor must submit their eTC to the Court Office after 30 November 2020. The Department of Justice has advised that:

“if a solicitor does not forward their printed e-TC dated after 30 November 2020 to the relevant County Registrar(s)/Officer Manager(s), their name will be removed from the Criminal Legal Aid Panel(s) with effect from 1 January 2021.”

For further information, please refer to the Department of Justice and Equality letter sent to every solicitor whose name is on a current panel maintained by a County Registrar/Office Manager and the notice below:

Queries concerning the Criminal Legal Aid Panel should be directed to the Department of Justice.


This article originally appeared in the November 2020 Member eZine. For more information, and to subscribe, visit eNewsletters.