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Applying for Civil Legal Aid

All applications for legal aid must be submitted to the Legal Aid Office by an Advocate.

This is because part of the application requires the Advocate to certify that your case has reasonable legal merits. If you feel you are financially eligible to receive legal aid you should make contact with an Advocate, and subject to them agreeing to represent you, they will progress your legal aid application on your behalf.

Court proceedings in another jurisdiction

If your court proceedings are in another court jurisdiction you may still make an application for legal aid. However your application should be submitted to the legal aid authority which exists within the same jurisdiction as the Court proceedings.

You should contact the relevant authority for further details as to how to apply for legal aid.

Relevant authorities

England and Wales

Legal Services Commission

Telephone:+44 3002 002020

Email:Send Email


Scottish Legal Aid Board

Telephone:+44 1312 267061


Email:Send Email

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission

Telephone:+44 2890 763000


Email:Send Email

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland Legal Aid Board

Telephone:+44 6694 71000

Email:Send Email


Guernsey Legal Aid Service

Telephone:+44 1481 747530

Email:Send Email


Jersey Legal Aid Service

Telephone:+44 8458 001066

Email:Send Email

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