Call the solicitor’s office to find out if they want you to bring any particular documents, such as a passport. You should make a note beforehand of what you need to say and find out. You could speak to an adviser at your nearest Citizens Advice to help you decide what questions to ask the solicitor. You can find out how to apply for exceptional case funding without using a legal professional on the Public Law Project website. If your case is going to court or a tribunal, you might get a volunteer barrister to represent you for free through Advocate.
All the sessions were recorded so if you attended the conference but missed a session, get in touch and we will give you access to the recording. Helplines Practice Advice Service Our Practice Advice Service offers free and confidential support on legal practice and procedure. Information about the Legal Services Agency Northern Ireland, forms and guidance for legal professionals and guidance for members of the public.
- Guidance, news and advice for legal aid practitioners and information about our campaigns for an adequately funded legal aid system and access to justice for all.
- We also support Members to understand the complexities of the system and improve their sustainability.
- You’ll usually be able to recover some costs from your opponent.
- Civil legal assistance helps people to get legal advice and representation in civil cases.
You don’t need to pay anything for these legal services. 31 events across the 5 days of the conference – attended by over 800 practitioners and others with a keen interest in access to justice and legal aid. We work closely with other representative bodies to raise awareness about the importance of legal aid and the work of legal aid practitioners. We raise concerns with government about policy and operational issues in an effort to improve the current system which excludes some of the most vulnerable members of society. Download a copy of the October 2021 Westminster Commission on Legal Aid’s report for a detailed exposition of the issues across the broken legal aid system. We fully endorse the Commission’s recommendations for increasing access for clients and improving sustainability for providers.
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If your case is serious and you can’t afford to pay your legal costs, legal aid might pay some or all of them. We employ lawyers that have offered services for 20+ years. With that comes a depth of knowledge and experience that can be key in delivering results for the client.
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Our Access to Justice Committee promotes improvements in legal aid and access to justice and advises on policy formulation. Information for members of the public about finding a solicitor, advice for applicants, objections to the granting of civil legal services, the Statutory Charge and the National Fraud Initiative. Find out how to get legal help if you’re on a low income, including advice from a law centre or legal aid solicitor, and trial or tribunal representation by a pro bono barrister. Think about what other organisations you’ve joined that might help.