You should apply to us using Legal Aid Online in summary proceedings.

We require that your client completes and signs an applicant’s declaration.

The declaration must be signed by or on behalf of the nominated solicitor to confirm that they are willing to act in the case.

Covid-19

For the duration of the Covid-19 period, solicitors may not be able to meet clients in person.

This means that legal aid declarations cannot be signed by people. There may also be concerns about sharing pens with people.

If you are consulting with people remotely, or have any other health concerns such as sharing pens, we can accept applications without the client’s signature in these circumstances for the time being.

In the online application, when you are asked to confirm that the declaration has been signed by the client, you should say ‘No’, and give the explanation ‘Coronavirus‘.

You should complete all parts of the form, giving sufficiently detailed reasons, by reference to the statutory factors, supporting your view that legal aid should be granted. Giving us all the information on the form means that we can assess the application fully without the need to continue it for further information or documentation.

Our automatic Crown link provides us with electronic copies of:

  • The relevant complaint.
  • Summary of evidence.
  • Any previous convictions.

Where the Crown link is unable to provide a copy, we may ask you to submit scanned copies of these documents.

In addition, you must send us:

  • Information and evidence of income, outgoings and capital
  • Any other supporting documents where appropriate, for example a copy of your client’s driving licence, insurance policy or a letter from their employer if loss of livelihood is likely.

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