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Expenses of free legal aid and making of rulesF5F6N.I.

36.—(1) In any case where a criminal aid certificate has been granted in respect of any person, the expenses properly incurred in pursuance of that certificate including the fees of a solicitor and, where counsel has been assigned, of counsel, shall be defrayed out of moneys provided by [F1the Assembly], subject nevertheless to any rules made under this Article and to any directions as to the vouching of payments and the keeping of accounts, records or receipts which may be given by the Treasury.

(2) If upon the trial before the Crown Court of a person in respect of whom a criminal aid certificate has not been granted, his defence is undertaken by counsel or solicitor or both at the request of the judge, the cost thereof may be paid as if a criminal aid certificate had been granted to that person.

(3) The[F2 Lord Chancellor], after consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, the Attorney General, and, where appropriate the Crown Court Rules Committee, the County Court Rules Committee and the Magistrates' Courts Rules Committee, and with the approval of the Treasury, may make rules generally for carrying this Part into effect and such rules shall in particular prescribe—

(a)the form of criminal aid certificates;

(b)the manner in which counsel and solicitors are to be assigned in pursuance of such certificates;

[F3(bb)the form for the purpose of Article 28A(2)(a);]

(c)the form for the purpose of Article 32(1); and

(d)the rates or scales of payment of any fees, costs or other expenses which are payable under this Part.

[F4(4) Except as provided by paragraph (5), rules under this Article are subject to negative resolution.

(5) The rules to which paragraph (6) applies shall not be made unless a draft of the rules has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, the Assembly.

(6) This paragraph applies to—

(a)rules made under this Article which contain any provision made by virtue of Article 31 (as substituted by section 80 of the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2011);

(b)rules made under this Article which contain any provision made by virtue of Article 36A (as substituted by Schedule 2 to the Legal Aid and Coroners' Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 2014);

(c)rules made under this Article which contain any provision made by virtue of Article 36B (as substituted by Schedule 2 to the Legal Aid and Coroners' Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 2014);

(d)rules made under this Article which contain any provision made by virtue of Article 38A (as inserted by Schedule 2 to the Legal Aid and Coroners' Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 2014).]

F2SI 1982/159

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C1Art. 36(1): functions of Treasury or Minister for the Civil Service transferred to Department of Finance and Personnel (12.4.2010) by Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/976), arts. 1(2), 15(4)(e) (with arts. 15(6), 28-31); S.I. 2010/977, art. 1(2)

C2Art. 36(3): functions of Treasury or Minister for the Civil Service transferred to Department of Finance and Personnel (12.4.2010) by Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/976), arts. 1(2), 15(4)(e) (with arts. 15(6), 28-31); S.I. 2010/977, art. 1(2)

F5Order 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

F6functions transfered by SI 1982/159

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

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