Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man legal aid reviewed for first time in 14 years

A full review of the Isle of Man's legal aid system will be carried out for the first time in 14 years, the Manx government has said.

The independent Legal Aid Committee is examining the existing system and how it can be best provided in the future.

Chairman Andrew Swithinbank said their focus is to promote a "fair, equitable and transparent" system.

Legal aid gives access to justice for those without the means to pay for it.

The first stage of the review will be a public consultation in the Isle of Man which will run until 28 November.

Mr Swithinbank said: "The focus of the committee is to promote access to justice in a manner which is fair, equitable, transparent, professional and which uses public resources carefully and effectively. "

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