It is welcome news that The Department of Justice are currently reviewing the country’s Civil Legal Aid Scheme.
Recently Judge John Campbell, speaking at a conference in relation to domestic violence and child protection, criticised the current thresholds that are in place for people to avail of Civil Legal Aid.
Often people who are working fall outside of such thresholds and are unable to afford private legal representation when it comes to Civil cases as well as important Family Law matters including domestic violence. This often means that parties have to represent themselves when their matter is listed for court.
It is welcomed that many politicians are echoing Judge Campbell’s comments, stressing the need for an urgent review.