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We are aware from representing clients at Court that most people do not turn up for their court hearings. This can be due to fear that all is already lost, or lack of money to secure representation.
Being able to offer assistance to clients who turn up at Court unrepresented greatly enhances their chances of being able to save their home.
With the support of the Judiciary and the Northern Ireland Court Service the Legal Services Commission has agreed to fund a pilot Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme.
This scheme will be piloted for 12 months and as well as being available at the High Court, it will for the first time, be available at County Courts across Northern Ireland. This will ensure we can provide free independent advice and support for clients faced with losing their homes as a result of mortgage or rent arrears.
Housing Rights Service will have two specialist legal advisers, (Eamonn and Maria) at all High Court and County Court debt related possession hearings. For those that have no representation they can offer emergency advice and assistance and if appropriate accompany people at their hearing.
Eamonn McLaughlin and Maria McNally