Legal Services Ombudsman Act 2009

Various reports by Legal Services Ombudsman.

14.— (1) Not later than 4 months after the end of each financial year, the Legal Services Ombudsman shall make a written report to the Minister on the performance of the functions of the office during that year.

(2) The annual report submitted under subsection (1) shall be in such form and regarding such matters as the Legal Services Ombudsman thinks fit or the Minister may direct.

(3) The Legal Services Ombudsman shall, within 2 years from the date of being appointed, submit to the Minister a report on—

(a) the effectiveness of the office of Legal Services Ombudsman, and

(b) the adequacy of the functions of the office.

(4) The report submitted under subsection (3) may contain recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the office of Legal Services Ombudsman.

(5) The Legal Services Ombudsman may make any other reports that he or she considers appropriate for drawing to the Minister’s attention matters that have come to the Ombudsman’s notice and that, in his or her opinion, should, because of their gravity or other exceptional circumstances, be the subject of a special report to the Minister and shall make a report on any other matter if so requested by the Minister.

(6) Not later than 2 months after receiving a report under this section, the Minister shall cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of the Oireachtas.

(7) Following compliance with subsection (6), the Legal Services Ombudsman shall arrange for the publication of the report concerned and for it to be sent to the Bar Council and the Law Society.