Every solicitor, firm of solicitors, or barrister wishing to provide publicly funded criminal and/or civil legal services in Northern Ireland must be registered with the Department of Justice's Registration Scheme. To be entered and retained on the Register, firms, solicitors and barristers must:
- conform to a Code of Practice
- commit to a minimum standard of service delivery and record keeping; and
- certify that they are compliant with the conditions for registration.