Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Supplementary Memorandum submitted by The Law Society of Northern Ireland


  I refer to my previous letter of 26 February enclosing a Briefing Note for the assistance of the Committee.

  From our more recent telephone discussion I understand that it is now unlikely that oral evidence will be required. In these circumstances we though that the Committee might find it useful to receive a brief update since the time of submission of the initial Briefing Note, by reference in particular to the debate about future funding arrangements (dealt with at paragraphs 4.11 to 4.28 of the Briefing Note). In that section we mentioned the work which was ongoing, initiated by the Government as part of the Decisions Paper, to consider the viability or otherwise of a Contingency Legal Aid Fund (CLAF) system for Northern Ireland.

  The Law Society of Northern Ireland has now reached a considered position on this matter, and I enclose a copy of a letter of 11 April 2001 sent by the President of the Society to His Honour Judge David Smyth QC (who is chairing a Working Group on this matter which will report back to the Government in due course).

19 April 2001

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