Legal Aid Review
Launch date: 30/08/2018
Review status: Review started
What is the review about?
The Legal Aid Review Panel will be scrutinising the proposed Draft Access to Justice (Jersey) Law which will see a number of changes to the Legal Aid Scheme in Jersey. The key features of the draft law are:
- Puts the legal aid system on a statutory basis.
- Public law (i.e. mainly criminal) cases would be funded centrally.
- This would be funded through existing resources in the court and case costs budget.
- A new "criminal law panel" would be formed to replace the existing "Tour de Role" system of legal aid.
- Under the current system, lawyers can claim costs from public funds when a defendant is acquitted or the prosecution abandons the trial. This will be replaced by a fixed fee for lawyers in all cases.
- A Legal Aid office would be established to administer the Legal Aid System at a cost of £400k per annum.
- Guidelines for the Legal Aid system would be published by the Chief Minister on advice from the newly formed Legal Aid Guidelines Advisory Committee.
- The Chief Minister would, for the first time, be accountable for the Legal Aid system.
Terms of reference
- What changes are being proposed to Jersey's legal aid system through the draft Access to Justice Law?
- What is the rationale for the proposed changes?
- Will the changes improve the legal aid system for:
- Service users
- The States
- The legal profession
- Does the draft Access to Justice Law implement the desired policy objectives effectively?
- Are there any other areas for concern or issues that need to be considered in relation to the draft Access to Justice Law?