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Guidance for opponents in civil legal aid cases

The BSL videos below explain that someone involved in a civil court case may apply for legal aid. If you are also involved in the case, this could affect you. If your opponent has applied for legal aid, you can tell us of any concerns you have or give us relevant information. This is called “making representations".


The corresponding leaflet can be found here.

1. How you can contact us.


2. Information about being an opponent in a civil case.

3. Why should I read this guidance? If the applicant gets legal aid, how will it affect me? If the applicant gets legal aid, how will it affect me? I think someone has applied for legal aid in a case that affects me, but I haven't received a form about it from you. What should I do ?

4. How do you decide if someone qualifies for legal aid? I don't think the applicant should get legal aid. What should I do?


5. Will you tell the applicant about my representations? Will you respond to my representations? If you grant legal aid, will you tell me why my representations were unsuccessful?


6. What are the most common reasons why you grant legal aid despite representations?

7. What if I think the applicant has misled you about their finances, but you have already granted legal aid? Or what if I know that their financial circumstances have changed, but they are still getting legal aid?

8. What if I don't want to go to court? When may I need to pay costs?

9. Can I choose to talk to you about my concerns?

10. Could I get legal aid myself for this court case? Who can give me more advice?

11. How will you use the information I give you?

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