Whenever the introduction of new criminal or civil sanctions is envisaged, we must be consulted at an early stage in the preparation of the proposal. It will always be necessary to discuss and agree on the consequences, including the impact on resources, of the new proposal on the workload of courts and legal aid. At the heart of these considerations is the conduct of an impact test for legal aid. It is not a difficult process, but it is very important that it is conducted to ensure that there are no subsequent problems in obtaining political approval of your proposal. The results of the test and the impacts identified should be taken into account in the enforcement and sanctions section of the impact assessment (AIR). Legal aid is generally available for a person whose annual disposable income does not exceed £9937, except for bodily injury, where it is £10955. In a small number of public family law proceedings concerning child custody, legal aid is granted regardless of income; These are called special juvenile order procedures. For more information, contact the Northern Ireland Courts Service. You will be asked general questions about your legal problem, income and savings. You will find out where you can get legal advice. Fixed costs in constitutional cases depend on the place where the proceedings are initiated and are calculated at the rates set by that court. Current court fees can be found from the Service of Courts and Tribunals of Northern Ireland.
The legal costs of a person who does not benefit from legal aid must be agreed between him and his legal representative. Legal aid in criminal matters includes representation by a lawyer, a barrister or both before the Magistrate`s Court and the Crown Court. You can only receive it if you have been charged with a crime. If you have received a subpoena to address the District Court, you will need to contact a lawyer for assistance. Indeed, depending on the examination of the pleas and the merits, legal aid is available for many aspects of the law which can be heard by a court in Northern Ireland. As a result, many new proposals put forward by central government agencies will have a direct impact on legal aid expenditure (e.g. changes in criminal or civil law or improvement or infringement of individuals` rights) without these effects being easily or directly visible. Your lawyer will help you apply for legal aid. You will need to bring information about your income and savings when you meet with your lawyer. The Law Society of NI provides a list of lawyers.
When victims of crime apply for compensation, the legal aid system is generally not used. The government has put in place a separate legal system to compensate victims of crime. in Northern Ireland, it is the Crime Victims Compensation Scheme. Under this regime, victims do not need legal advice and representation to seek redress. Demand support is available free of charge from the government-funded Victim Support for Northern Ireland. The tax auditor may also set court fees in certain cases, for example in the context of divorce and ancillary proceedings. This includes fees levied on legal practitioners. You can only search for non-criminal („civil“) cases. If you have been charged with a crime, ask your lawyer if you can get legal help in criminal matters. Non-legal assistance is provided to victims in the criminal justice system: for example, the website of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service provides information and a `virtual tour` for victims and witnesses.
Approximately 35 per cent of the total number of persons who appeared before the Magistrates` Court and 98 per cent of the total number of persons who appeared before the Crown Court received legal aid. The Law Society of Northern Ireland`s website may be useful in finding a lawyer, but the Law Society does not have information on the cost of legal representation, as it depends on many factors specific to the case in question. This does not apply to legal representation fees. Sometimes, if you win a case that was funded by legal aid, you have to reimburse the cost of your legal aid. These are called statutory fees. Your lawyer will tell you if these fees are likely to apply to you. We will give you an initial assessment of the impact of your proposal on legal aid and the work of the courts. If none are identified, this may be indicated in the „Enforcement and Sanctions“ section of the IAR. The Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission sets fixed rates for legal custody cases, which are governed by the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995. This includes work leading to litigation and may include representation by a lawyer or lawyer. You may be entitled even if you have been refused legal advice and assistance.
Civil legal aid is available for cases before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court, Land Court and Office of Execution of Judgements. You cannot get civil legal help for repossession cases, courts, or defamation or defamation cases. In Northern Ireland, there is no fixed ceiling for legal aid for defendants. The judge grants legal aid to a defendant if he is satisfied that the defendant does not have sufficient resources to pay for legal representation. If you are working on government policy development within the Northern Ireland Courts Service or other government bodies, you will need to consider whether there will be an impact on court workload or legal aid.