Legal Aid legal aid

Barristers and solicitors use a different process to create their nidirect account. A local Law Centre may be able to provide free legal advice. Law Centres are staffed by solicitors and specialist case workers.

  • This is a free service and can help you with credit and debt problems, housing and property disputes, divorce and separation and immigration and medical negligence.
  • You’ll usually be able to recover some costs from your opponent.
  • It’s a good way to find out whether it’s worth taking someone else to court or if you have a case that’s worth defending.
  • We fully endorse the Commission’s recommendations for increasing access for clients and improving sustainability for providers.

Do you have legal expenses insurance that you’ve forgetten about? Some people get legal expenses insurance as part of their car or home insurance policy. If you’re not sure, read your policy documents or speak to your insurer to find out. If you can’t afford legal advice or support in court, you might be able to get free or cheaper help.

Do you manage a busy legal practice or a team of over-stretched lawyers and caseworkers? Then you probably know how difficult it is to find the time to undertake the training you need to be an effective manager and leader. We also support Members to understand the complexities of the system and improve their sustainability. We provide training, assist with operational issues, provide resources and give practitioners a collective voice with government.

Going To Court As A Witness

It’s a good way to find out whether it’s worth taking someone else to court or if you have a case that’s worth defending. You can also contact your nearest Citizens Advice to ask if they have a list of legal aid solicitors. There are 2 types of legal aid, for criminal and civil cases. Check if you can get legal aid to get help with civil cases. Your legal adviser will usually apply for legal aid on your behalf.

If you’ve been charged with a crime, ask your solicitor or barrister if you’re able to get criminal legal aid. Under Article 6 ECHR everyone has the general right is ‘to a fair … hearing’ in the determination of civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge. This implies an appropriate degree of ‘equality of arms’. Criminal legal aid helps people charged with a criminal offence. Civil legal assistance helps people to get legal advice and representation in civil cases. The clinics are for people who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay for a lawyer.

Discretionary Support

Some solicitors offer ‘no win, no fee’ as a way of paying for civil cases, such as personal injury. A no win, no fee agreement is sometimes known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’ . You must log in to your nidirect account and enter your personal identification number to see cases and requests or to send new applications or requests for legal aid.

Citizens Advice provide free, confidential and impartial advice on a range of issues including money, benefit, housing or employment problems. Citizens Advice can provide support you if you are facing a crisis, or just considering your options. If you’ve joined an organisation like a trade union, they might offer you free legal help. Or you might get help with legal expenses as part of another subscription, insurance policy or credit card agreement. We offer services across a broad range of legal matters, with niche expertise in areas including Islamic law, Actions against the Police and Inquests.