Civil legal assistance helps people to get legal advice and the help of a solicitor to resolve their problem and, if necessary, to put their civil case in court. It may be free or you may have to pay something towards it.
Examples of civil cases:
divorce and other matters affecting families and children
trying to get compensation for injuries after an accident or for medical negligence
housing matters such as rent or mortgage arrears, repairs and eviction
debt and welfare rights
matters relating to immigration, nationality and asylum
A children can apply for legal aid if you are old enough to understand why you need a solicitor to help you, and to ask a solicitor to work for you. But you will have to go and see a solicitor first. (You can only get legal aid through a solicitor.) Find out more
Important things to bear in mind when applying for legal aid
It is important that only those who are financially eligible receive legal aid. So it is essential that the information you provide about your circumstances is complete and accurate. You must also tell us about any changes in your circumstances, where appropriate.
If we find that you have made a false statement or have held back information about either your case or your circumstances, we may stop any legal aid given to you and you may have to repay the full costs of the case. You could also face criminal charges.
We have a duty to make sure public money is properly spent and we check with the Department for Work and Pensions, councils, employers and any other relevant third party, that the information applicants give us is accurate.
National Fraud Initiative
We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. Read More