Solicitors’ criminal aid scheme to be extended to barristers

The District Court free criminal aid scheme, which has so far been restricted to solicitors, is being extended to include barristers.

21st November, 2009

The District Court free criminal aid scheme, which has so far been restricted to solicitors, is being extended to include barristers.

The decision follows a ruling by the Supreme Court that defendants should be entitled to representation by counsel in serious or complicated cases.

Last year, the District Court scheme cost €22.5 million - though lawyers’ fees have been cut by 8 per cent this year. A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice said it...

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