We are proud to have had a high quality Legal Aid franchise for many years. We are able to grant emergency Legal Aid to enable clients to get to court the same day if appropriate. Even though you are employed and not in receipt of benefits you may still qualify for public funding and it is worth speaking to us as we are able to calculate this for you in a matter of minutes. We offer Legal Aid in the following areas:
- All family disputes*
(* for some cases evidence of domestic abuse / child abuse may be required to obtain Legal Aid) – See ‘Can I still get Legal Aid?’ below
Can I still get Legal Aid?
Legal Aid is still available for advice and assistance in relation to domestic abuse including any warning letters, obtaining injunctions or forced marriage protection orders. Legal Aid is still subject to income and capital requirements and the legal aid eligibility calculator can be found here.
If you believe that you may qualify for legal aid you will need to bring 3 month bank statements and identification to your appointment. The bank statements will need to be up to date.
Legal aid may also be available for other issues if you have previously suffered domestic abuse and can obtain proof of that domestic abuse including any of the following:-
- Your ex partner has been convicted of a criminal offence where you were the victim. Click here for the form to enable you to get this proof from the Magistrates Court that dealt with the case or here if the case was heard in the Crown Court.
- Your ex partner has been given a police caution for domestic abuse against you within the last 24 months. Click here for the form to request evidence from the police.
- If your ex-partner has been given relevant Police bail pending charge for a domestic violence offence against you in the UK where the bail is current. Click here for the form to send to the Data Protection Officer at the police force which gave the police bail.
- There are ongoing proceedings in the criminal court against your ex partner where you were the victim – bring a letter confirming this or click here for the letter to send to the Data Protection Officer at the police force that arrested your ex-partner.
- You have previously obtained a Non Molestation/Occupation or Forced Marriage order against your ex partner which is still in force or was granted within the last 24 months. Please bring the injunction with you or if you don’t have it click here for the letter to request evidence of a protective injunction or here for evidence of a restraining order from the court.
- Your ex partner has given an undertaking to the Court in relation to domestic abuse within the last 24 months. Please bring this with you or if you do not have it, click here for the letter to send to the court to request the order containing the undertaking.
- Letter from the MARAC chair confirming that a MARAC meeting has taken place about you within the last 24 months due to concerns about your ex partner. Click here for letter to obtain this evidence.
- There has been a Court hearing where the Judge concluded that your ex partner was violent towards you within the last 24 months. Click here for the letter to request evidence of the finding from the court.
- A letter from a health professional e.g. GP, Health Visitor (confirming that they have examined you within the last 24 months and that you have suffered a condition consistent with domestic abuse from your ex partner. Click here for the letter required from your health professional.
- Letter from Social Services department confirming that within the last 24 months you have been assessed as being at risk of domestic abuse from your ex partner. Click here for letter to obtain this information.
- Letter from a Refuge confirming that you have been admitted for at least 24 hours within the last 24 months due to domestic abuse perpetrated by your ex partner. Click here for the letter to request evidence from the refuge.
- If you have been referred by your GP or other health professional to a domestic violence specialist support service then this can be used as evidence. If you don’t have a copy of the referral document, click here for the letter to request the information from the service you were referred to.
- If a DVPO (or a DVPN, where this has not been replaced by a DVPO) has been made against your ex-partner within a twenty four month period before the date of your application, this will qualify as evidence for legal aid. Click here for the letter to request a copy of the order from the court.
- If your ex-partner has been given a bind over in relation to an alleged domestic violence offence against you in the UK. Click here for the letter to request details of a bind over order given in the Crown Court or here for details of a bind over given in the magistrates court.
If you can provide evidence of any of the above then subject to income and capital (click here for the eligibility calculator) you should still be eligible for legal aid in relation to issues around the children, divorce and finances.
It may also be possible obtain legal aid if you can prove that your ex partner is suspected of physical or sexual child abuse.
Please telephone 01254 67 22 22 and make an appointment to discuss further however you will need to bring evidence of your income and the domestic abuse evidence (if appropriate) to the first appointment as you will not qualify for Legal Aid without it.