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'Reduce the number eligible for Legal Aid to make it fair'

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SIGNIFICANT changes to Legal Aid – including reducing the number of people who are eligible to receive support – are needed to make the system 'fair, transparent and sustainable', the lawyer who administers the scheme said.

Addressing advocates at the Assise d'Héritage – an ancient ceremony in the Royal Court led by the Bailiff to mark the start of the legal year – Bâtonnier Advocate David Cadin said Jersey is the only jurisdiction in the world where the cost of Legal Aid is largely borne by the legal profession.

The Law Society estimates that Legal Aid costs £7 million annually.

Advocate Cadin told the Royal Court that 'the increasing complexity of cases and greater demands on practitioners, and finite judicial, Court and fiscal resources' means that reform of Legal Aid is required.

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