Legal aid



Top legal aid earners no longer published out of GDPR concerns

The law firms and barristers earning most from legal aid in Northern Ireland are no longer being named out of concerns about GDPR rules.

Published 4 March 2020

Oireachtas committee's inquiry into legal aid shelved by election

The Oireachtas justice committee's inquiry into access to justice and legal costs has lapsed as a result of the Dáil's dissolution for the general election.

Published 29 January 2020

Chief Justice calls for 'significant review' of legal aid thresholds

The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, has called for a "significant review" of the income thresholds used to determine eligibility for civil legal aid.

Published 24 January 2020

Chief Justice to speak on civil legal aid at Legal Aid Board's 40th anniversary event

The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, will reflect on the role of civil legal aid in ensuring access to justice at the Legal Aid Board's 40th anniversary celebrations tomorrow.

Published 22 January 2020

UN calls for expansion of Ireland's civil legal aid scheme to combat racism

A key UN committee has backed calls for Ireland's civil legal aid scheme to be expanded to help combat racial discrimination in employment and welfare.

Published 16 December 2019

Lack of legal aid depriving people from ethnic minorities of their rights, FLAC tells UN

The lack of legal aid for racial discrimination and harassment claims in Ireland is depriving people from ethnic minority backgrounds of their rights, FLAC will tell UN experts today.

Published 2 December 2019

Root and branch review of civil legal aid scheme 'urgently needed', committee told

A root and branch review of the provision of civil legal aid is urgently needed, the Oireachtas justice committee has heard .

Published 27 November 2019

Legal Aid Board chief backs calls for family law reform

The chairperson of the Legal Aid Board has backed calls for fundamental and ambitious reform to the family law system.

Published 31 October 2019

England: Legal aid reinstated for vulnerable migrant children

Legal aid for vulnerable migrant children who have been separated from their parents has been reinstated in England and Wales.

Published 28 October 2019

Too many lay litigants in family law proceedings, FLAC warns

Far too many people are representing themselves in family law proceedings, legal rights group FLAC has warned.

Published 25 October 2019

Legal aid funding boost not enough for 'meaningful review' of civil scheme

The €1 million funding boost for the Legal Aid Board is not enough to allow for a "meaningful review" of the civil legal aid scheme, legal rights group FLAC has warned.

Published 10 October 2019

Legal rights group calls for 'legal aid audit' whenever legislation is passed

There should be a "legal aid audit" when any new legislation is passed, the head of legal rights group FLAC has said.

Published 2 October 2019

Legal aid as important for economy as hospitals and schools, claims new IBA-World Bank report

A new report from the International Bar Association (IBA) Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee and the World Bank claims that improving legal aid services is as important for economic growth as providing functioning hospitals, schools and roads.

Published 2 October 2019

Bar says expanding scope of legal aid better than promoting legal expenses insurance

Expanding the scope of legal aid is a better way of increasing access to justice than promoting greater uptake of legal expenses insurance, the chair of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland has said.

Published 25 September 2019

Top judge calls for civil legal aid scheme to be 'deepened and broadened'

Civil legal aid should be widened to include areas of the law such as housing and homelessness, the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Frank Clarke, has said.

Published 17 September 2019