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The Solicitors (Amendment)(Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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Lay observers

17.  In Article 42 of the Solicitors Order (lay observers)—

(a)in paragraph (1)—

(i)after “observers”) there shall be inserted “(a)”;

(ii)at the end there shall be added

and

(b)to examine any written allegation made by or on behalf of a member of the public concerning the Society’s treatment of a complaint about a solicitor or an employee of a solicitor made to the Society by that member of the public or on his behalf.;

(b)after paragraph (5) there shall be inserted—

(5A) Where it appears to a lay observer, in examining any such allegation as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(b)—

(a)that there arises out of the complaint in respect of which the allegation has been made both—

(i)a question as to the professional conduct of a solicitor, and

(ii)a question as to the quality of any professionalservices provided by him; and

(b)that it would be appropriate for the latter question to be considered by the Tribunal with a view to determining whether to exercise any of its powers under Article 51A in relation to the solicitor,

the lay observer may make an application to the Tribunal with respect to the solicitor.;

(c)after paragraph (7) there shall be inserted—

(8) The Head of the Department of Finance and Personnel shall lay a copy of any report made by a lay observer before the Assembly..

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