Am I Entitled to Legal Aid

Since April 2009 more adults are entitled to Legal Aid to ensure all have more “Access to Justice”.
If you meet the financial qualifications, Legal Aid allows people to access help for their legal problems by providing funding.
If you wish for legal advice or representation from a solicitor you will need to apply for Civil Legal Aid and Assistance.

What to do…

Go to a solicitor with your case – explain circumstances.
The solicitor will inform you what steps they would have to take:
provide advice and assistance – civil legal assistance.
represent you in Court – civil legal aid.

Your solicitor will then inform you what legal aid you require – civil legal assistance, civil legal aid or both.

Civil Legal Assistance:

Helps pay for advice from a solicitor on a Scots Law matter Involves writing letters or advice on whether to take the case to Court Solicitor decides if you meet criteria for financial help

Civil Legal Aid:

This funds a solicitor to put someone’s case in court It funds preparation, the hearing and possible expert witnesses or advocates Your opponent can oppose your legal aid

Your solicitor will give you forms to fill in which detail your financial income.

They will ask for information on your savings or income.
The Scottish Legal Aid Board will consider if there is a legal basis to your case or your likelihood to win the case.

Legal Aid granted?

You and your solicitor will be notified in writing – if you are denied legal aid you can appeal against the decision.
You may still have to pay some contribution towards your case – you can discuss this with your solicitor.

If you need help contact: Legal Aid Helpline on: 0845 122 8686
7 days a week: 7am-11pm
You can also visit The Scottish Legal Aid Board website