06/13/2013 11:28 EDT | Updated 08/13/2013 05:12 EDT

Newfoundland to review staffing, workload for legal aid and sheriff services

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - External reviews of Newfoundland and Labrador's legal aid and sheriff services will examine a number of issues including staffing levels, workload and funding.

The provincial government released the terms of references today for the reviews, which were announced this spring following a backlash from legal experts over planned Justice Department cuts to courtroom security sheriffs and Crown attorneys.

The province's justice minister later backtracked on those cuts.

The government also announced today the appointment of two people to lead the reviews.

Leigh DesRoches, a retired RCMP inspector, will lead the review of the province's Sheriff's Office, while retired provincial court judge John Rorke will oversee the work on the legal aid system.