Civil cases


Civil legal assistance helps people to get legal advice or 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
  • power of attorney.

Find out more about:

For full information, read our leaflet  Civil legal aid - info for applicants (PDF).

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