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Reform Of Committal Proceedings

The Law Society of Northern Ireland (the Society) is a professional body established by Royal Charter and invested with statutory functions primarily under the Solicitors (NI) Order 1976 as amended. The functions of the Society are to regulate responsibly and in the public interest the solicitors’ profession in Northern Ireland and to represent solicitors’ interests.

The Society represents over 2,400 solicitors working in some 540 firms, based in over 74 geographical locations throughout Northern Ireland. Members of the Society represent private clients in legal matters. This makes the Society well placed to comment on policy and law reform proposals.

In a devolved context, in which local politicians have responsibility for the development of justice policy and law reform, the Society is keen to ensure that its voice is heard. The solicitors’ 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 is well placed to assess the practical out workings of policy proposals.

CONSULTATION RESPONSE - REFORM OF COMMITTAL PROCEEDINGS - MARCH 2012