The Legal Aid Committee ('the Committee') is a body established under Section 23 of the Legal Aid Act 1986.
Their mission statement is to promote access to justice in a manner which is fair, equitable, transparent and professional and which uses public resources carefully and effectively.
The Committee’s remit is to:
- set the strategic direction and to determine policy which shapes the development of the provision of legal aid in the Isle of Man
- overview its effective delivery
- review, as necessary, the actions of the Legal Aid Certifying Officer and their deputy
Administrative support for the Committee, and associated financial budgets for all aspects of Legal Aid are provided by the Social Security Division of the Treasury, with the exception of cost assessments and eligibility for Criminal Legal which are managed by General Registry.
Members of the Committee are appointed by the Appointments Commission on a voluntary basis and receive attendance allowances. The Appointments Commission is responsible for the appointment of the Chair and Vice Chair.
Each member of the Committee is appointed for a period of three years from the date of appointment, and signs the Voluntary Code of Attendance.
- Andrew Swithinbank (Chair) - appointed 7 May 2016
- David Trace (Vice Chair) - reappointed 1 October 2018
- Jane O'Rourke - reappointed 31 July 2018
- Margaret Mansfield - appointed 01 March 2017
- Tony Jones - reappointed 8 January 2018
- Tony Warham - reappointed 8 January 2018
- Mr Steph Lowe - Appointed 7 May 2016
Minutes from the last 12 months are provided on this page. If you would like a copy of any previous minutes please contact the Legal Aid Office.