10th February 2023
IPRT welcomes the opportunity to make a short submission to the Review Group examining Ireland’s Civil Legal Aid Scheme. At the outset we would acknowledge the Review Group’s overall approach to its work, which emphasises a ‘user-centred approach and the importance of access to justice’. IPRT strongly endorses this ethos, and it reflects our central concerns in regards the accessibility of civil legal aid among people in prison as well as broader ‘access to justice’ concerns arising for this vulnerable cohort of people.
IPRT mades the following four recommendations;
Read IPRT's full submission here.
IPRT also joined 17 social justice and advocacy organisations in supporting Community Law and Mediation (CLM) in calling for substantial reforms of outdated Civil Legal Aid Scheme. Read the CLM submission here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.