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Review of Access to Justice

Links to other relevant publications

This webpage provides information on the work of the Review Team, including accessibility to publications when they become available. It enables stakeholders and interested parties to provide comments and feedback on any aspect of the review.

About the Review

On 13 September 2010 Justice Minister David Ford announced a review of legal aid provision in Northern Ireland with a view to developing proposals on how best to help people secure access to justice while achieving value for money in the use of public funds. The review reported in September 2011 and the Minister issued the report for public consultation on 13th September 2011. The Minister has invited responses by 13th December 2011.

Links to Review Publications

This page will be updated throughout the course of the review as and when publications are available. 

Minister’s speech of June 7 2010

Minister's oral statement to the Assembly of 13 September

Agenda-setting document published by the review team on 17 November 2010

Discussion document published by the review team on 17 November 2010

The Progress Report published by the review team on 16 March 2011

Access to Justice Review Northern Ireland: The Report

Oral Statement on Access to Justice: 13 September 2011


The review team was led by Jim Daniell, a former civil servant, who stood down as Chairman of the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission in order to take forward this work. The other members of the team were Angela Ritchie and Catherine McClements.

Contact Us

The consultation period on the Access to Justice Report closes on 13 December 2011.

If you require any further information please contact:

Access to Justice Review
Public Legal Services Division
3rd Floor, Bedford House
Bedford Street