Legal Aid “The reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated”

Many people seem to believe that Legal Aid died in 2013.  However, Legal Aid is still very much alive, although it is pretty poorly and definitely a shadow of its former self.  the Government brought in the Legal Aid sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 to reduce what it said was the largest Legal Aid budget in Europe.  Despite huge opposition, it came into effect on 1st April 2013.

The Government intended the vulnerable in society should be able to access legal support and so Legal Aid still exists in situations if you need protection from domestic violence (Injunctions).  It is also available for family matters is the other party has subjected you to domestic violence/abuse in the past and you can prove that you have sought professional support.

Also if Social Services are involved with your family, Legal Aid is available so that you can be advised as to your rights and represented in any proceedings Social Services may issue as to the care of your child/Children.

So if you need legal assistance but you’re letting the possible cost put you off, it’s worth checking to see if your situation would qualify for Legal Aid.  We offer a FREE 15 minute telephone appointment so that we can carry out an initial assessment for you.  We can also help you with working out what evidence you may need to support Legal Aid.