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Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Minutes of Evidence


Annex D

EXCLUSIONS FROM SCOPE OF LEGAL AID IN ENGLAND AND WALES

  1.  Schedule 2 to the Access To Justice Act 1999 sets out the services which may not be funded as part of the Community Legal Service. Paragraph 1(b) of Schedule 2 to the Access to Justice Act 1999 specifically excludes boundary disputes from receiving funding as part of the Community Legal Service.

  2.  The Lord Chancellor has issued guidance, under section 23 of the Access to Justice Act 1999, to the Legal Services Commission explaining the Government's intentions underlying paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Act. The Lord Chancellor's guidance indicates that the areas of law excluded by paragraph 1 are excluded "because they are not considered to have sufficient priority to justify public funding."


 
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