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Legal Aid

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many judicial reviews and other cases were funded with legal aid in relation to the claim for criminal injuries compensation by Mrs Anne-Marie McCallion regarding her husband's death which was denied as he was a former convicted prisoner; and how much the legal aid cost in each instance. [HL696]

The Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission has issued three legal aid certificates to Mrs Anne-Marie McCallion. Two of the certificates are in respect of judicial reviews, the third being in respect of a case before the Court of Appeal arising out of one of the judicial reviews.

To date, only one of the certificates in respect of a judicial review has been paid in full with a value of £9,996.33. In respect of the second judicial review the only bill submitted to date is for an interim payment which has been made in the sum of £1,901.50. As the commission has not received any information on the case before the Court of Appeal the legal aid costs are not known at this time.