08/30/2013 02:27 EDT | Updated 10/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Lawyer takes over legal aid review in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A lawyer has taken over an external review that is being done on Newfoundland and Labrador's legal aid system after a retired judge who was originally given the task had to withdraw for personal reasons.

The government says John Roil will finish the legal aid system review replacing John Rorke, a retired provincial court judge.

A separate review of the Sheriff's Office is being done by retired RCMP inspector Leigh DesRoches.

The reviews 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.