The long-awaited review of legal aid reforms will not be published by the end of 2018, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed.

The MoJ had initially planned to assess the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act within five years of its April 2013 implementation.

The further delay is due to the wide-ranging nature of the review and sheer number of stakeholders that have submitted evidence, the MoJ has said.