Referring to the solicitors panels
The Board has in place arrangements for the retention of private solicitors on a case by case basis in relation to:-
private family law matters in the District Court (and appeals in those matters to the Circuit Court;
separation and divorce cases in the Circuit Court; and
appeals in asylum and asylum related matters.
Legal aid certificates may be granted at law centre level for District Court matters (and appeals to the Circuit Court) in accordance with the provisions set out in Part 1 of the Circular, the provisions set out in the Administrative Procedures Handbook and any guidelines that may be issued from time to time by or on behalf of the Director of Civil Legal Aid.
There are currently restrictions on the granting of private practitioner legal aid certificates for divorce and separation matters. A law centre may not issue a certificate without the prior approval of the Director of Civil Legal Aid.
The procedure for referring to private solicitors can be found in Chapter 8 of the Administrative Procedures Handbook
Sometimes we operate pilot solicitors panels in other areas of law. When we do so, the Director of Civil Legal Aid issues instructions as to how these pilot schemes will operate. These instructions must be followed. At the moment there is a pilot scheme operating for childcare cases in the District Court in Dublin, Donegal, and Wexford.