We have always happy to act for you under Legal Aid where it is available
At the Police Station
Legal aid is available to all those arrested or attending as volunteers for an interview with a police officer, whether you are working or not.
Just call us, or get the police to call us, and we will come 24/7.
In the Magistrates Court
Legal aid is available if you pass a two-part test
Merits: This means that Legal aid will only be granted if your case is seen as serious or complicated, or you will not be able to present your own case.
Means: And if you are financially eligible, for example by being in receipt of certain benefits such as ESA or JSA, or are a low earner The Legal Aid agency carry out the assessment.
If your case is going to be heard at the Crown Court you are likely to receive legal aid, as you will pass the merits test. Depending on your income and capital, you may have to make a contribution to the Legal Aid Agency. This will be refunded if you are found not guilty.
For more information about Legal Aid
For an eligibility calculator