Brand-New figures from the Department of Justice show the expense of criminal legal help in Limerick has increased by more than 17% over the last 4 years.
The figures, launched under the Freedom of Information Act to Live 95FM, show an overall of EUR2,230,972 was paid to lawyers and lawyers throughout 2016 associating with offenders before the district court and the circuit court.
The overall quantity of money paid in 2015 compares with EUR1,681,818 in 2015, EUR1,995,083 in 2014 and EUR1,894,460 in 2013.
” The grant of legal help entitles the candidate to the services of a lawyer and scenarios, as much as 2 counsels, in the preparation and conduct of their defense or appeal,” stated the Department of Justice in its reply to the demand.
” The courts through the judiciary, are accountable for the giving of legal help. This department pays the costs and costs to lawyers and council under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme,” stated FOI officer Aishling Brennan.
Dr. Alan Cusack of the University of Limerick states the factor for the boost in the expense criminal legal help is uncertain.
” For criminal law, it’s now as simple to identify why the boost has taken place. Possibly one significant factor is there is higher awareness now among users of the criminal justice system that they are entitled to it and there is also a higher desire to use the plan,” he stated.
Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins states there needs to be a limitation on the variety of times an individual can declare legal help.
” On the number of celebrations need to a person be entitled to get criminal free legal help when they are constantly discovering themselves before the courts,” he stated.