Eligibility estimators

Find out if you may qualify financially for legal assistance

You can use one of our eligibility estimators below to work out if you are likely to qualify financially for advice and assistance in civil, criminal or children's cases or for legal aid in civil or children's cases.

Legal aid is not always free and sometimes you will need to make a contribution towards the cost of your case.

Financial eligibility is just one of the tests for legal aid, and so even if you qualify financially there are additional tests which your case will need to satisfy.

Estimator: advice and assistance

Use this estimator to work out if you are likely to qualify financially for advice and assistance in a civil, criminal or children's case.

Estimator: civil legal aid

Find out if you are likely to qualify financially for civil legal aid by using this estimator.

Estimator: children's legal aid

Use this estimator to help you work out if you are likely to qualify financially for children's legal assistance.

Questions about your eligibility for legal aid?

Eligibility enquiries

Find out how to contact us to learn more about eligibility for civil legal aid.

Guide to legal advice and legal aid

Use the Scottish Government’s Guide to legal advice and legal aid to find out about getting free help with legal problems, finding a solicitor and applying for legal aid.

Opponent in a case?

Find out about the Opponent in a civil matter, why we contact them and what rights they have to give us information about an application for legal aid. Read more