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Explanatory Memorandum to Legal Aid (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

Article 2Exceptional Legal Aid

11.The Lord Chancellor will be empowered to direct that legal aid shall be provided by the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission in specified general categories of case which fall outside the scope of ordinary legal aid.

12.The Lord Chancellor will also be empowered to authorise funding generically or in respect of individual cases, whether the cases fall within or outside the scope of ordinary legal aid, if the Commission requests him to do so.

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