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Public Consultation on the Review of the Civil Legal Aid Scheme in Ireland

Public Consultation on the Civil Legal Aid Scheme

In June 2022, the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, T.D. established the Civil Legal Aid Review Group to review the current operation of the Civil Legal Aid Scheme and make recommendations for its future.

The Civil Legal Aid Scheme is administered by the Legal Aid Board, which provides legal aid and advice to people who qualify for assistance. This legal aid or advice can be in relation to a dispute between one individual and another, or between an individual and an organisation.

It is important to note that Civil Legal Aid is different from Criminal Legal Aid. Civil Legal Aid can only be sought in the case of non-criminal legal matters. Criminal Law cases cover conduct which is against the law, such as theft and fraud.

As part of its work, the Group wants to hear from you about your experience of having a civil, i.e. non-criminal legal issue. The Group would like to know how you might have resolved that issue, whether you accessed the Civil Legal Aid Scheme and if so, how well it worked for you. Your participation lets you have your say on how we can improve things for the benefit of all.

This consultation is designed for members of the public. For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/79e1d-public-consultation-on-the-review-of-the-civil-legal-aid-scheme/