Legal Aid

About Legal Aid

The Government provides funding for Legal Aid to help people:

(a) protect their basic rights and get a fair hearing;
(b) access the court process to sort out disputes;
(c) solve problems that contribute to social exclusion.

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) runs the Legal Aid scheme in England and Wales. The LAA fund us to:-

a) Advise people on their legal problems (such as family breakdown);
b) Help people understand their rights and the law;
c) Advise people detained in police stations; and,
d) if necessary represent people in court.

People experiencing social problems often need legal advice in areas such as family issues, relationship breakdown and domestic violence.

Most usually this will be in matters involving divorce and other relationship breakdown including children and financial issues.

Legal Aid can fund:-

(a) Initial advice and assistance;
(b) Help and advice on family disputes;
(c) Legal representation in court proceedings.

The LAA award Legal Aid to those who meet certain conditions, namely:-
(i) Financial means (financial eligibility test look at client's income and capital);
(ii) Legal merits test laid down by Parliament/

We are empowered by the LAA in certain circumstances to grant legal aid ourselves to clients immediately.

The Criminal Defence Service (CDS) use Criminal Legal Aid to help people who are under investigation or facing criminal charges.

Criminal Legal Aid can fund:-

(a) Advice and assistance from a solicitor on criminal matters;
(b) Free legal advice from a solicitor at the Police Station during questioning;
(c) The cost of a solicitor preparing a case and initial representation for certain proceedings at a Magistrates' or Crown Court;
(d) Full legal aid representation for defence in criminal cases at all levels;
(e) A duty solicitor provides free legal advice and representation at Magistrates' Court.

In the Magistrates' Courts and the Crown Court, Legal Aid can be granted to defendants who meet certain conditions:-

(i) Financial means (financial eligibility tests look at a client's income and capital);
(ii) Legal merit test laid down by Parliament (e.g. could the defendant be imprisoned).

We are able to deal with all of the above matters and we are willing to consider your application for Legal Aid.

To find out more please call us on 01202 674425 or email: office@jacobsreeves.co.uk.

 


We have offices in Dorset at Poole and Wimborne and provide legal services to Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Berkshire and West Sussex. Many of our services do not require you to visit our offices - so we can effectively serve you with legal advice wherever you are in the UK.