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Legal Aid

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Mr Roy Beggs Mr Roy Beggs UUP, East Antrim

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people (a) applied for and (b) received legal aid in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and how many people had an application rejected.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs)

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The Legal Services Commission records the number of applications for assistance rather than the number of clients assisted. The following table sets out details of legal aid applications for the period 1998–99 to 2002–03.

Legal advice and assistance (LAA) Advice by way of representation (ABWOR) Children Order Civil Criminal
Claims Applications Applications Applications Applications
1998–99
Received 57,969 5,633 5,506 15,813 19,729
Granted 5,121 4,600 6,713 19,190
Refused 79 71 2,358 539
1999–2000
Received 45,292 5,798 5,198 14,109 20,063
Granted 5,285 4,950 12,586 19,394
Refused 408 244 4,439 669
2000–01
Received 46,656 5,622 5,133 14,097 19,344
Granted 5,157 4,824 11,480 18,681
Refused 177 123 2,847 663
2001–02
Received 41,949 5,797 5,708 14,997 17,820
Granted 5,440 5,403 9,011 17,303
Refused 235 181 2038 517
2002–03
Received 55,292 5,745 5,999 13,569 21,732
Granted 5,351 5,656 11,102 20,941
Refused 316 252 3,167 791

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