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Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 and shall come into operation on 6th April 1998.

(2) In these Regulations—

(a)the Order” means the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

(b)“personal injuries” includes any death and any disease or other impairment of a person’s physical or mental condition.

Saving and revocation

2.—(1) These Regulations shall apply to any application for legal aid where the period of computation, as defined in Regulation 1(2) of the Legal Aid (Assessment of Resources) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1981(1), begins on or after 6th April 1998.

(2) The Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997(2) are hereby revoked save in their application to any case to which paragraph (1) does not apply.

Persons eligible for legal aid

3.  For the yearly sum specified in Article 9(1) of the Order(3) there shall be substituted—

(a)where legal aid is sought in connection with taking, defending or being a party to proceedings which include a claim in respect of personal injuries, for the yearly sum of “£8,370”, the yearly sum of “£8,571”; and

(b)in any other case, for the yearly sum of “£7,595”, the yearly sum of “£7,777”.

Contributions from persons receiving legal aid

4.  For the yearly sum of “£2,563” specified in Article 12(1)(a) of the Order(4) there shall be substituted the yearly sum of “£2,625”.

Irvine of Lairg, C.

Dated 4th March 1998

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