Legal Aid

Important information relating to changes to the legal aid system

On the 1st of April 2013 major changes came into operation concerning the way in which people can access Legal Aid as a result of The Legal Aid, Sentencing, and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. These were further amended on 22nd April 2014 to expand the existing arrangements now included on this site.

The changes to the Legal Aid scheme ensures the most vulnerable people can still get assistance under the Legal Aid scheme. If you are suffering from domestic violence and are divorcing or separating from an abusive partner you may still get legal aid to help.

Legal Aid in domestic abuse circumstances can still be obtained to help with divorce or things such as child contact or how to share money or property. Under the new legislation legal aid to assist with such matters relating to divorce or separation is not available to other victims.

Legal Aid in cases of domestic abuse

Sufferers of domestic abuse are still entitled to Legal Aid, however The Legal Aid Agency now requires anyone applying for Legal Aid to provide evidence of domestic abuse to their solicitor.

What can you do if you are suffering from domestic abuse and want access to legal aid?

You must provide your solicitor with some evidence of domestic violence involving your partner in order to access legal aid.

For detailed information about what type of evidence is required by the Legal Aid Agency, visit the Ministry of Justice website.