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Legal Aid – Custody Issues Scheme (formerly the Attorney General’s Scheme)

The Scheme, which was formerly known as the "Attorney General’s Scheme", was renamed by the Department on the 1st January 2013 as the "Legal Aid – Custody Issues Scheme".

The Legal Aid - Custody Issues Scheme provides payment for legal representation in certain types of litigation, in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court, not covered by civil legal aid or the criminal legal aid scheme.

The cases covered include certain types of judicial review, bail applications, extradition, European arrest warrants and applications to Court to test the legality of a prisoner’s detention (an Article 40 application – otherwise known by the common law term “habeas corpus”). It is an ex gratia scheme set up with funds made available by the Oireachtas.