Legal assistance costs

Steve made this Freedom of Information request to Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

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Dear Equality Commission for Northern Ireland,

I write to request the following information for each of the past 3 calendar years - 2012, 2013 & 2014, I wish to receive this information electronically
1. The number of applications received by the Commission for legal advice and assistance for each statutory ground.
2. The number of cases which received legal advice and assistance for each statutory ground.
3. Of those cases which received advice and assistance how many were authorised for help on grounds which included raising an issue of legal uncertainty for each statutory ground
4. The totals cost incurred by the commission in providing this advice and assistance by statutory ground

Yours faithfully,

Steve

ECNI_Information, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

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Eoin ONeill, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Dear Steve

 

I refer to your freedom of information request of 15 February 2015 in
relation to applications received by the Commission for legal advice and
assistance. Please forward me your full name in order to comply with the
requirement under section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and I
will respond to your request.

 

Regards

 

Eoin O’Neill

DPA/FOI Officer

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Dear Eoin ONeill,

Thank you for your response, my name is Steve Nash

Yours sincerely,

Steve Nash

Dear Eoin ONeill,

I refer to my request for various information dated 15 February 2015. I have not had a response to date. I wonder whether you might give me an estimated date given that the statutory date has now passed.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Nash

Eoin ONeill, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

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Dear Mr Nash

I refer to your email below and your subsequent emails of 4 March and 14 March. In relation to the statutory time for responding, your request was not properly made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 until you supplied your full name which was on 4 March 2015 and not 15 February 2015.

I am responding to your request using the same numbering as in your email below.

1 & 2 See attached table

3 To information is not recorded centrally and to collate it would require an examination of the hard copy files an exercise that would exceed the costs limit under the FOI Act 2000.

4 This information is not recorded centrally and to collate it would require an examination of the hard copy files an exercise that would exceed the costs limit under the Act. In addition some cases involve more than one statutory ground and it would not be possible to apportion costs to each statutory ground in such hybrid cases.

Regards

Eoin O'Neill
FOI/DPA Officer
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

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