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?
20, Mar, 2017
LAOL downtime - Saturday 25 March
13, Mar, 2017
Research to review and improve legal assistance handbooks
07, Mar, 2017
Legal aid applicant sentenced for fraud
07, Mar, 2017
SLAB to take part in Earth Hour 2017
22, Feb, 2017
Serious concerns raised over methodology, analysis and underlying data in Law Society’s financial health report
06, Feb, 2017
Consultation launched on a revised Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance
01, Feb, 2017
SLAB welcomes independent strategic review of legal aid
01, Feb, 2017
Change to CLAO email addresses
25, Jan, 2017
Invitation for criminal legal aid solicitors to give feedback on satisfaction with SLAB services
30, Nov, 2016
SLAB annual report 2015-2016 published
17, Nov, 2016
Civil legal aid solicitors invited to give feedback on satisfaction with SLAB services
15, Nov, 2016
Performance Auditor for SNSIAP appointed
19, Sep, 2016
LAOL downtime - Monday 26 September
04, Feb, 2016
Fourth monitoring report on the availability and accessibility of legal services published