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LA Committee

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. 

LAC Membership

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.


  • Ruth Costain (Chair) - reappointed 15 May 2022
  • Pamela Pringle - reappointed 14 May 2022
  • Robert Ayre - appointed 31 Jan 2023
  • Howard Connell - appointed 25 June 2021
  • Paul Coppell - appointed 18 July 2021
  • David Trace (Vice Chair) - appointed 29 March 2022
  • Colm Andrew - appointed 31 January 2023

LAC Minutes

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.

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