Second Memorandum by the Northern Ireland
LEGAL AID IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS (COSTS) (AMENDMENT
NO. 2) RULES (NORTHERN IRELAND) 2001 (S.R. 2001/426)
1. The Committee has requested elaboration on the
nature of the administrative error referred to in the Court Service
Memorandum dated 11 December 2001 (copy attached) and on how the
2. This was a handling error that arose because the
original instrument, when signed by the Lord Chancellor, was returned
to the Court Service in Belfast without being signed, in addition,
by two Lords Commissioners prior to its dispatch.
3. When the error was discovered an attempt was made
to recover the instrument in transit but this was not successful.
What should have happened is that a fresh instrument duly signed
by the Lord Chancellor and two Lords Commissioners should have
been prepared by the Northern Ireland Court Service.
4. The inconvenience caused to the Committee is regretted.
22nd January 2002