Access to Justice
The Legal Aid Board is an independent, publicly funded organisation. It has been in existence since 1979 and was set up as a statutory body on foot of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995.
The Board's Mission Statement, set out in its Corporate Plan 2012 – 2014, is "Our mission is to provide a professional, efficient, cost-effective and accessible legal aid and mediation service in accordance with the terms of our statutory mandate". The Corporate Plan sets out a number of steps that the Board has adopted in order to achieve the objective set out in its Mission Statement.
The Board itself consists of a chairperson and twelve ordinary members. They are appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality and have a five-year term of office.
The Board has an executive management structure primarily located at its Head Office at Quay St, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry and also at an office at 47 Upper Mount St, Dublin 2.
The Board has thirty three full time law centres located throughout the country, as well as the Private Practitioner Service, the Refugee Documentation Centre and a library service located at Montague Court, 7/11 Montague Street, Dublin 2.
As of October 1st 2011, the Legal Aid Board will also assume the responsibility for the administration of the Garda Station Legal Advice Scheme from Courts Policy Division in the Department of Justice.