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Access to Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

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2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to Article 1 and the following provisions of this Order as it applies to an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(2) In this Order—

“advice” means any oral or written advice—

(a)

on the application of the law to any particular circumstances that have arisen in relation to the individual seeking the advice; and

(b)

as to any steps which that person might appropriately take, having regard to the application of the law to those circumstances;

“assistance” means any assistance (other than advocacy) to any individual in taking any of the steps which an individual might take, including steps with respect to proceedings, having regard to the application of the law to any particular circumstances that have arisen in relation to him, whether the assistance is given by taking such steps on his behalf or by assisting him in taking them on his own behalf;

“child” has the meaning given by Article 2(2) of the Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998(2);

“civil legal services” has the meaning given by Article 10;

“the Commission” means the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission;

“court-ordered youth conference” has the meaning given by Article 33A(5) of the Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998;

“criminal defence services” has the meaning given by Article 21(1);

“diversionary youth conference” has the meaning given by Article 10A(2) of the Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998;

“the Law Society” means the Law Society of Northern Ireland;

“magistrates' court” has the meaning assigned to that expression by Article 2(2)(b) of the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(3);

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations;

“regulations” means regulations made by the Lord Chancellor;

“relevant proceedings” has the meaning given by Article 25;

“representation” means representation for the purposes of proceedings and includes—

(a)

all such assistance as is usually given by a solicitor or counsel in the steps preliminary or incidental to any proceedings;

(b)

in the case of civil proceedings, all such assistance as is usually so given in arriving at or giving effect to a compromise to avoid or bring to an end any proceedings;

“solicitor” means a solicitor of the Supreme Court;

“statutory provision” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(4);

“tribunal” includes an inquiry or proceedings before an arbitrator or umpire, however appointed, whether such inquiry or proceedings take place under a reference by consent or otherwise.

(3) References to counsel and solicitors shall be construed in accordance with Article 10 of the European Communities (Services of Lawyers) Order 1978(5) and regulation 14 of the European Communities (Lawyer’s Practice) Regulations 2000(6).

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