Legal Aid is still available in the following areas:
Domestic Abuse | Children (Private applications) | Divorce and Finances | Care
Step 1 – Evidence of Factual Eligibility
One of the following must be provided:
- Letter from MARAC, a GP, health visitor, the Police, or Refuge demonstrating that they have been the victim of domestic abuse;
- A Non-molestation Order granted in the previous 5 years;
- A Restraining Order granted in the previous 5 years;
- A criminal conviction for offences of domestic abuse;
- A Domestic Violence Prevention Notice or Order within the last 5 years;
- Bail conditions relating to domestic abuse within the last 5 years;
- A Police Caution for an offence relating to domestic abuse within the last 5 years;
- Where there have been previous court proceedings, an Undertaking given in respect of domestic abuse within the previous 5 years;
- Where there have been previous court proceedings, finding of fact which have been made in respect of allegations of domestic abuse, within the previous 5 years.
Step 2 – Evidence of Financial Eligibility
Once the step 1 has been satisfied, consideration must be given to financial eligibility. The following may be taken into account by the Legal Aid Agency:
- Valuable items; and
Clients will need to provide the following documentary evidence:
- Proof of any state benefits from the job centre dated within the last 14 days;
- Proof of any child and/or working tax credits;
- A full three months bank statements for all accounts in their name; and
- Three months wage slips, if applicable.
An application for Legal Aid can then be made on behalf of the client.