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Audit Office report into Managing Criminal Legal Aid welcomed - Maskey

29 June, 2011 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin MLA Paul Maskey who is also the chair of the Public Accounts Committee at the Assembly has welcomed the Audit Office's report into Managing Criminal Legal Aid (CLA).


“This is a comprehensive report that looks into the rapid growth in expenditure into CLA, since 2003 some £340m has been spent. In 2000-01 it cost £22m and in 2009-10 cost's almost trebled to £60m.”


Mr Maskey added that the rapid growth did not mirror a similar increase in the number of CLA cases.

“I have no doubt that the PAC will take evidence on this report in the autumn time as the Audit Office estimate that up to £23m may have been spent since 2005 in respect of cases which failed to go to trial lasting more than 25 days among other issues.”

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