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12 December 2012

Law Society Concerned By Director of Public Prosecutions Comments

 

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has expressed concern at comments made by the Director of Public Prosecution, Barra McGrory QC in interviews published in Northern Ireland’s main newspapers on Tuesday.

Responding to the comments the President of the Law Society, Mr Michael Robinson said;

“The Society will be writing to the Director of Public Prosecutions to seek an urgent meeting with him to discuss comments he has made particularly in respect of defence costs and a number of other issues.

We will take that opportunity to remind the Director that he is not comparing like with like. He fails to acknowledge the significant costs incurred by Government agencies which support and underpin his Department such as the PSNI and Forensic Science.

These significant prosecution costs are missing from his stated annual Departmental Costs of £35 million. We look forward to meeting with the Director to highlight these Omissions."