Information for opponents

What is an opponent in a civil matter?

If someone has a problem about a civil matter, the person or organisation they have the claim against is called the ‘opponent’.

We tell the opponent when someone applies for civil legal aid to take or defend a case in court –  unless there is a reason not to.

We let the opponent know about the application so  they can give us their views about the application.

We do not do this if a solicitor grants advice and assistance. This is a different type of legal aid that helps the person resolve the case without going to court.

If you are an opponent in a case where someone has applied for civil legal aid, you can read our Information for Opponents leaflet.

This leaflet tells you important information about civil legal aid and what it means for you.

What are representations?

If your opponent has applied for civil legal aid, you can tell us of any concerns you have about their application or give us relevant information.

This is called ‘making representations’.

You can do this even after legal aid has been granted. You do not need a solicitor to make representations on your behalf, you can do it yourself.

To make representations you can use this online form or email us.

Frequently asked questions

  • I don’t think an applicant should get legal aid. What should I do?
  • I think someone has applied for legal aid in a case that affects me, but I haven’t received any information about it from SLAB. What should I do?
  • Will SLAB tell the applicant about my representations?
  • Will SLAB respond to my representations?
  • If the applicant gets civil legal aid, how will it affect you?

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