Legal aid



Woman claims legal aid application in family law case was refused because she receives HAP

A woman who wants to bring family law proceedings against her allegedly violent former partner has launched a High Court challenge over the Legal Aid Board's refusal to fund her action.

Published 13 January 2021

Domestic abuse bill delayed over legal aid row

Landmark domestic abuse legislation has been delayed by Justice Minister Naomi Long due to a row over legal aid and is no longer expected to become law by the end of the year.

Published 8 December 2020

Court of Appeal: Criminal injuries compensation scheme not procedurally unfair

The Court of Appeal has ruled on two appeals relating to the procedural fairness of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal.

Published 7 December 2020

Domestic abuse victims to gain greater access to legal aid in family law cases

Proposals to provide victims of domestic abuse with greater access to legal aid in family law cases have been approved by the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Published 19 November 2020

England: Legal aid lawyers suffering stress due to Covid-19 pandemic

The vast majority of legal aid lawyers in England and Wales are suffering from stress and most have trouble sleeping, MPs have been told.

Published 19 November 2020

Legal Aid Board denies asylum fee cuts will impact access to justice

The Legal Aid Board has denied claims that cuts to fees for solicitors advising international protection applicants will impact access to justice for a vulnerable group of people.

Published 15 October 2020

Legal Aid Board bracing for Covid-19 delays and increased demand

The Legal Aid Board is bracing for an increase in demand and delays in accessing legal services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its chairperson Philip O'Leary has said.

Published 8 October 2020

Legal aid cuts for asylum cases to 'further limit access to justice'

Fresh cuts to legal aid for international protection applications will further limit access to justice for vulnerable people, lawyers have warned.

Published 7 October 2020

FLAC assisted around 27,000 people in 50th anniversary year

Legal rights group FLAC assisted around 27,000 people last year as it marked its 50th anniversary, according to its latest annual report.

Published 1 October 2020

England: Thousands of law firms and half of law centres at risk of closure

More than 5,000 local law firms and up to half of law centres in England and Wales could go bust as a result of the COVID-19 crisis if the UK government does not step in, MPs have warned.

Published 4 August 2020

Programme for Government 'falls short' on access to justice

The new government's programme "falls short" on access to justice in a number of key areas, legal rights group FLAC has said.

Published 6 July 2020

Cleaner dismissed on grounds of age and ill health wins case with support from FLAC

A 64-year-old cleaner has won an age and disability discrimination case in the Workplace Relations Commission with support from legal rights group FLAC.

Published 26 June 2020

Law centres report rising demand for employment matters

Law centres are facing dramatic increases in calls from workers concerned about their employment rights during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 2 June 2020

Number of applications for interim legal aid payments down 45 per cent

The number of applications to the legal aid agency's COVID-19 interim payment scheme has fallen sharply in its second full week of operation.

Published 29 May 2020

Hundreds of requests for interim legal aid payments rejected

Nearly a third of solicitor applications and nearly half of barrister applications to the legal aid agency's COVID-19 interim payment scheme have been rejected.

Published 21 May 2020