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Criminal Legal Aid Reform

The system of criminal legal aid is to be reformed – and responsibility for its administration will be transferred to the Legal Aid Board, according to the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern TD. The minister announced that he would shortly be bringing proposals on the matter before government.

Speaking at a conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Legal Aid Board,  Minister Ahern said he considered it appropriate in the current economic climate that the system of criminal legal aid should be reformed with a view to controlling expenditure in this area. He expressed confidence in the Legal Aid Board’s capacity to take on this important new area of work and acknowledged that the board would need to be appropriately resourced for the task.

The conference theme was ‘Access to justice and legal aid: learning from the past, looking to the future’. Among the guest speakers who addressed the topic were the President of Ireland Mrs Mary McAleese and the Chief Justice Mr Justice John L Murray.