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Assessment of disposable capital and income and of maximum contributionF6F7N.I.

14.—(1) References in this Part to a person's disposable income or disposable capital shall be taken as referring to the rate of his income or amount of his capital after making—

(a)such deductions as may be prescribed in respect of—

(i)the maintenance of dependants;

(ii)interest on loans;

(iii)income tax;

(iv)rates;

(v)rent; and

(vi)other matters for which the person in question must or reasonably may provide; and

(b)such further allowances as may be prescribed to take account of the nature of his resources.

(2) Regulations may make provision as to the manner in which the rate of a person's income and the amount of his capital are to be computed for the purposes of paragraph (1), and in particular for—

(a)determining whether any resources are to be treated as income or capital; and

(b)taking into account fluctuations of income.

(3) The regulations shall include provisions for securing that the resources of a person seeking or receiving legal aid, advice or assistance shall be treated as not including the subject matter of the dispute.

(4) Except in so far as the regulations otherwise provide, any resources of a person's[F1 spouse or civil partner] shall be treated for the purposes of this Article as that person's resources, and the regulations may also make provision, in relation to minors and any other special cases, for taking into account the resources of other persons.

(5) The regulations may also include, in relation to advice and assistance, provision as to the cases in which a person is for the purposes of Articles 3 and 7 to be taken to be (directly or indirectly) in receipt of[F2 income support[F3, an income-based jobseeker's allowance (payable under the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995) or an income-related allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 (employment and support allowance)[F4or a guarantee credit under the State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002].]]

(6) Subject to the provisions of this Article, the disposable income and disposable capital of a person applying for legal aid, and the maximum amount of his contribution to the legal aid fund in respect of any proceedings, shall be determined in accordance with regulations.

(7) Regulations for the purposes of this Article shall be made with the concurrence of the [F5Department of Finance and Personnel].

F6Order repealed (prosp.) by Access to Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/435 (N.I. 10)), arts. 1(2), 49(2), Sch. 5 and the repeal being partly in operation, as to which see individual Articles

F7functions transfered by SI 1982/159

Non-textual amendments applied to the whole Legislation can be found in the Introduction

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