During the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown, the Legal Aid Tribunal and the Review Authority will be closed.

Any hearings that had been set down during the period of the lockdown have been adjourned. You will be contacted with new dates in the future, once the lockdown has been lifted.

The Tribunal & Authority are unable to process any new or existing applications during this period of lockdown, however you may wish to submit new information to the email address on the website.

Thank you for your co-operation.

The Legal Aid Tribunal reviews decisions the Legal Services Commissioner makes about who gets legal aid. The Review Authority reviews decisions the Secretary for Justice makes about who can be a legal aid provider.

Legal Aid Tribunal

The Legal Aid Tribunal reviews decisions the Legal Services Commissioner makes about legal aid grants.

The tribunal consists of a chairperson and members who deal with all reviews. All members are lawyers with a wide range of legal experience.

Before you apply to the tribunal, you must first ask the Commissioner to reconsider the original decision. 

You can find out more about this in the legal aid section

The Review Authority

The Review Authority reviews decisions made by the Secretary for Justice (the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Justice) about legal aid provider approvals.

If you’re an approved legal aid provider or if you’ve applied to be a legal aid provider, you can apply to the Authority to review a decision.

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