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Consultation: Draft Policy on Legal Advice and Assistance

Consultation: Draft Policy on Legal Advice and Assistance
Equality Commission Consultation - deadline Fri 10 Sept 2021 (now closed)


Consultation: Draft Policy on Legal Advice and Assistance

The Equality Commission is seeking your views on its draft revised Policy for the Provision of Legal Advice and Assistance. This Policy is important as it sets out the policy that the Commission will follow whilst fulfilling our statutory responsibilities in respect of complainant assistance.

We have reviewed and updated the current policy, particularly in relation to the discretionary criteria against which the Commission will assess applications for assistance.

Download the consultation documents (MS Word format)


We have suggested the following questions that you may wish to use to guide your response:
Question 1: Do you wish to draw the Commission’s attention to information or evidence about unlawful discrimination on the grounds of disability, sex, race, religion/politics, age and/or sexual orientation? 

Question 2: Do you agree with the proposed selection criteria for case assistance?

Question 3: Do you have any other suggestions for alternative selection criteria? 

Question 4: Do you have any comments about the practical implications?

Question 5: Do you have any other comments to make on the issues raised in this consultation?

Submit your response/further information

For further information, to request information in an alternative format, or to submit your response, please contact us: 

Post: Consultation on Policy for the Provision of Legal Advice and Assistance, Equality Commission for NI, Equality House, 7-9 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast BT7 1DP

Phone: 028 90500600

If you would like to meet with staff of the Legal Services Directorate prior to reponding to our consultation, please email Anne McKernan,  Director of Legal Services, email:  

We are consulting until Friday 10 September 2021 and would welcome your response by this date. Consultation is now closed.