All civil advice and assistance and ABWOR applications must be submitted online.

Use this to:

  • Tell us that you have given a diagnostic interview or granted standard advice and assistance
  • Ask for our authority to grant advice and assistance where necessary

Cases of the latter may include:

    • Where, after giving a diagnostic interview, you want to give standard advice and assistance, but the case is not included in the listed categories
    • Where your client has already received a diagnostic interview from you or another solicitor within the last three months, and you wish to grant a further diagnostic interview
    • If your client has already received advice and assistance (a diagnostic interview and/or standard advice and assistance) about the same matter from another solicitor
    • If your client has other rights and facilities that could make it unnecessary for them to receive advice and assistance or ABWOR.

Requests for increases in expenditure should be made using the online increase application.

If you grant a diagnostic interview and/or standard civil advice and assistance, you must send a copy of the form to us within 14 days of beginning the advice and assistance.

Advice and assistance: application forms must be complete

Unless shown otherwise, you must answer all the questions on the online advice and assistance application.

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, you can sign on the client’s behalf, and tick the box that asks you to confirm you have obtained your client’s signature.  You can then say “coronavirus” in the additional information box at the end of the application.

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