Anyone can apply for legal aid. Whether a person qualifies or not depends on their financial position and whether they have good cause to pursue their case. When the applicant sees an advocate, he will advise them as to what sort of help is available.
To qualify for legal aid, income and savings must be below a certain limit. People on Income Support or Family Income Supplement will qualify automatically on financial grounds as long as the advocate and the Legal Aid Certifying Officers agree there is a case to pursue.
In civil proceedings you should contact your advocate, who will be able to tell you whether you are likely to qualify for legal aid.
If you do not have an advocate and the matter is a civil one, please contact the Legal Aid Office at the General Registry, Isle of Man Courts of Justice, Deemster's Walk, Douglas (01624 685977).
In criminal proceedings contact the High Bailiff's Office or the Summary Courts Office at the same address.
Alternatively, more information is available online by visiting the Government Frequently Asked Questions page on this subject
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