Written answers

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Court Procedures

2:30 pm

Photo of Maureen O'SullivanMaureen O'Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent)
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Question 169: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if plaintiff-in-person can be denied access to a court if they lack the ability to pay. [4661/11]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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There is nothing to prevent a person from representing himself or herself before a court in civil cases. However, the function of the Legal Aid Board is to provide legal aid and advice in civil cases to persons of modest means at little cost.

A person who, for whatever reason, has to attend court or is contemplating court action may wish to access information via the Courts Service website (www.courts.ie). There are leaflets on "Going to Court" available in any courthouse.

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