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 2015 – 2017, is "Our Mission is to facilitate the effective resolution of civil disputes through the delivery of efficient and accessible legal aid and mediation services and to effectively manage and administer the State’s criminal legal aid schemes". 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 48-49 North Brunswick Street, Georges Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
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.
The Board’s Criminal Legal Aid Section is located at 48-49 North Brunswick Street, Georges Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7. It retains the responsibility for the management and administration of the following:
> The Garda Station Legal Advice Revised Scheme;
> The Legal Aid – Custody Issues Scheme;
> The Criminal Assets Bureau Ad-hoc Legal Aid Scheme.
Overview of the Legal Aid Board