The Legal Aid Committee ('the Committee') is a body established under Section 23 of the Legal Aid Act 1986.
Their mission statement aims to promote access to justice in a manner which is fair, equitable, transparent and professional and which uses public resources carefully and effectively.
The administrative support for the Committee, and associated financial budgets for all aspects of Legal Aid (with the exception of cost assessments and the eligibility for Criminal Legal Aid both of which functions are currently within the General Registry), are provided by the Social Security Division of the Treasury.
Following recommendations by the Legal Services Commission and a Tynwald Select Committee, the Committee was reconstituted and its remit changed in 2013 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.
Committee News Release regarding 'The update on the future of aided access to justice'.