The transfer of responsibility for the administration of criminal legal aid to the Legal Aid Board has been delayed.
The transfer of criminal legal aid from the courts service to the legal aid board is unlikely to affect access to criminal legal aid solicitors and criminal legal aid barristers. It is likely that oversight of income declarations may be strengthened.
The transfer was due to take place this year but it is now thought that it will not happen until next year. Criminal legal aid is available to those on a low income and facing sufficiently serious charges in a criminal trial.