Why does legal aid cost £3.3m?

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A TALK to Tynwald members highlighted inefficiencies in the island’s criminal justice system and suggested ways of improving matters.

The presentation by advocates John Wright and Dawn Jones focused on spiralling legal aid costs which have more or less tripled since 2006, and suggested some of the reasons behind it.

Using the title: Why my £2,000 file is a £5,000 file: legal aid being wasted, Mr Wright outlined a number of problems including failure to consider if a prosecution is in the public interest and ‘complete and utter inability of the Attorney General’s chamber to respond to any letter you send’.


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