All civil advice and assistance and ABWOR applications must be submitted online.
Use this to:
Cases of the latter may include:
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.
Unless shown otherwise, you must answer all the questions on the online advice and assistance application.
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.
Advice and Assistance application procedures
This page includes information on how to apply for non-templated increases in expenditure under civil A&A. It covers the information you should provide us with; case-related factors to address in your application; the process for reconsideration of refused increases; the process for urgently needed increases; whether authority for retrospective increases is available; and other guidance you may wish to consider.