Civil legal aid applications by someone unable to sign or suffering from a mental disorder

Your client must normally sign the application but if it can be shown that they cannot sign it, a person authorised on their behalf may do so.  If your client is mentally disordered [section 328 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003] their legal representative may sign the application for them.

(“Legal representative” is defined in regulation 2 of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Regulations 2002 as a person having parental responsibilities in relation to a child, a judicial factor or a person authorised to act on an adult’s behalf under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.  “Mental disorder” means mental illness or mental handicap however caused or manifested.)

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