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No one shall be a judge in their own case

This means that a decision maker shall not take a decision in any case which they have a personal interest in or where it might be perceived that they could have a personal interest in the case.

Where it becomes clear to a decision maker in Legal Services that they might have a personal interest in a case, they must excuse themselves. The decision should be then taken by another Unit who will act as the applying law centre’s Unit for the purposes of the case in question.

This principle does not mean that a managing solicitor cannot grant delegated legal aid certificates to applicants which they will represent in court. However, if the managing solicitor forms a view that an application for legal aid for their own client should be refused, the matter should be referred to Legal Services for a decision.