Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Ceisteanna (681)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor

Ceist:

681. Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor asked the Minister for Justice the position regarding the health and safety concerns expressed by the managing solicitor and staff at a law centre (details supplied) in respect of proposed relocation of premises which have been communicated to her Department previously; if she is satisfied that the proposed relocation does not warrant further and detailed examination in view of the severity of the issues highlighted with her Department previously; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25448/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Legal Aid Board provides legal advice and aid under the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 and the Civil Legal Aid Regulations 1996-2017. The Board delivers these services through directly employed solicitors in its network of law centres around the country and through private solicitors from its private practitioner panels.

Section 3(3) of the Act provides that the Board shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, be independent in the exercise of its functions.

However, to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made with the Legal Aid Board, and I am informed that the Board is dealing with the matter to which the Deputy refers. I understand that it has for some years sought to obtain a new office premises as the existing location is no longer suitable for its needs. I am further informed that Legal Aid Board management is currently engaging with staff of the law centre on the matter.