Supplemenary Memorandum submitted by the
Lord Chancellor's Legal Aid Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland
Thank you for your correspondence dated 23 January
2001. We welcome the changed terms of reference in relation to
CLAF and your invitation to make a further submission. We refer
to material sent to you in April 2000. At present the Committee
has been asked to advise the Lord Chancellor on the viability
of a CLAF for Northern Ireland and CFA's. We enclose a draft discussion
prepared by the Committee, along with a copy of the Terms of Reference.
Consultations have already taken place and we propose to report
to Government on an interim basis at the beginning of April and
our final recommendation at the end of June.
"To examine alternative means of providing
quality legal services for all or specified categories of financial
damages cases which reduce or eliminate the cost to the public
purse, including in the first instance an assessment of the viability
of a CLAF, and make recommendations on the most appropriate mechanism
for Northern Ireland for achieving these objectives."
9 February 2001
1 See the list of unprinted papers, p. xvi. Back