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NI legal aid: Backlog of 531 criminal cases since fees row began

More than 500 criminal cases are currently unable to proceed due to a dispute over reforms to legal aid fees in Northern Ireland.

Justice Minister David Ford introduced what he said were necessary cuts to payments to lawyers in May.

Defence lawyers have withdrawn from new criminal cases requiring legal aid in protest at the changes.

BBC News NI's home affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney reports.

  • 20 Nov 2015