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Law Society Consultation Responses

The solicitor’s branch of the legal profession, which operates as the interface between the justice system and the general public, is uniquely placed to comment on the particular circumstances of the Northern Irish justice system and to assess the practical out workings of policy proposals.

The Society’s approach is both proactive and reactive, with a key element responding to consultations emanating from various Government Departments and public bodies.

The Society makes the case for a well-resourced, effective, and efficient justice system and has been to the fore in arguing for access to justice as a cornerstone of a civilised society.

For further information, please contact: policy@lawsoc-ni.org


Below are a range of consultations that the Policy and Engagement Department responded to in 2021/2022:

Name

Source

Date

Response to JCHR Call for Evidence on Troubles Bill - June 2022LSNI response June 2022
Ministry of Justice

Consultation

HUMAN RIGHTS ACT REFORM: A MODERN BILL OF RIGHTS
LSNI response
 March 2022
Department of Finance

Consultation

MARRIAGE LAW 

LSNI response
 March 2022
LSNI and Bar Joint Submission - Draft Budget 2022-25 LSNI and Bar 
March 2022

Defamation Bill

Northern Ireland Assembly – Committee for Finance

November 2021

Adoption and Children Bill

Northern Ireland Assembly – Committee for Health

October 2021

Pro Bono Cost Orders

Department of Justice

October 2021

Revised Pre-Action Protocol for Possession Proceedings (Based on Mortgage Arrears in Respect of Residential Property)

The (then) Lord Chief Justice’s Office

October 2021

Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Bill

Northern Ireland Assembly – Committee for Justice

September 2021

Court approval of minor settlements

Department of Justice

September 2021

Introduction of standard legal aid fees in Article 8 and Article 50 Children Order (Northern Ireland) 1995 proceedings

Department of Justice

September 2021

The Magistrates’ Courts and County Court Appeals (Criminal Legal Aid) (Costs) (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2021

Department of Justice

September 2021

Duty of Candour and Being Open

Department of Health

August 2021

Improving the experiences of victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system: a consultation on:

1)    A new three-year Victim and Witness Strategy for NI;

2)    The establishment of a Victims of Crime Commissioner for NI

Department of Justice

August 2021

Proposed Consolidated Probate Practice Direction

The (then) Lord Chief Justices’ Office

August 2021

Statutory Review of the Closed Material Procedure provisions in the Justice and Security Act 201

Ministry of Justice

June 2021

Legal Aid for Mediation in Non-Family Civil Cases

Department of Justice

June 2021

Damages (Return on Investment) Bill

NI Assembly – Committee for Justice

April 2021

Increasing the general civil jurisdiction of the county courts in Northern Ireland

Department of Justice

April 2021

Publication of Annual Payments to Suppliers of Legal Aid

Legal Services Agency

April 2021

Protection from Stalking Bill

NI Assembly – Committee for Justice

April 2021

Independent Human Rights Act Review

Ministry of Justice

March 2021

Rehabilitation of Offenders - Proposals to reform rehabilitation periods in NI

Department of Justice

March 2021

Extending Non-Jury Trial provisions under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007

Northern Ireland Office

February 2021

Enhancing Legal Protections for Victims of Domestic Abuse

Department of Justice

February 2021

Draft strategy for the legal services sector and draft LSB business plan 2021-22

Legal Services Board

February 2021

Amendment to Codes of Practice issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Department of Justice

February 2021

Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill

NI Assembly - Committee for Communities

January 2021

Criminal Justice (Committal Reform) Bill

NI Assembly - Committee for Justice

January 2021

Consent to serious harm for sexual gratification not a defence

Department of Justice

January 2021

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