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Access to justice review

Justice Minister David Ford made a statement on the departmental action plan on access to justice, on 2 July 2012.

Mr Ford said he had already begun implementing the recommendations made by the review of access to justice.

He was working on three key areas: improving access to justice, keeping legal aid within budget, and improving governance and accountability.

The minister said measures would be put in place to recover legal aid from convicted persons when it subsequently became clear that they were able to afford to pay for their defence.

He listed a number of other measures, including the removal of money claims, such as injuries from tripping, from the scope of legal aid.

Mr Ford said the success experienced within criminal legal aid must be applied to to civil legal aid.

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