Information for applicants leaflet

What does this leaflet explain?

This leaflet answers the questions:

  • What is civil legal assistance?
  • Which type of civil legal assistance do I need?
  • How do I find a solicitor who is registered to give me civil legal assistance?
Advice and assistance
  • How do I qualify financially for advice and assistance?
  • What to take when you see a solicitor for advice and assistance
  • What happens if I am refused advice and assistance?
Civil legal aid
  • What will legal aid cover?
  • How do I qualify for legal aid?
  • What forms do I have to fill in about financial eligibility?
  • What if I need work to be done urgently?
  • Will the opponent in my case know I have applied for legal aid?
  • What happens if I am refused legal aid?
  • If I am refused legal aid, can I apply again?
  • If I do not qualify for advice and assistance or civil legal aid, how can I get free advice?
What might I have to pay?
  • Is civil legal assistance free?
  • What happens if I lose the case?
  • What are contributions?
  • What if I have difficulty paying?
  • What if I don’t pay my contribution, miss payments or change my mind?
  • What is property won or kept and “clawback”?
  • Will you take all the money or property I win or keep?
What are my responsibilities?
  • How should I run my civil legal aid case?
  • What will happen if I don’t tell you about changes?
  • What if my circumstances change after I complete the civil legal aid financial form or after you grant legal aid?
  • For how long do I have to tell you about these changes?
  • What are the type of changes you need to know about?
  • What will happen when I tell you about changes?
Can I change solicitor?


Can SLAB withdraw legal aid?


What if my solicitor suggests working privately for me or charging me while I have legal aid?


What can I expect from the Scottish Legal Aid Board?
  • How will you use the information I give you?
What can I expect from my solicitor?
  • What if I am unhappy with how you or my solicitor has acted?