Getting legal aid in an emergency
You can get emergency help if you need urgent representation in court, for example to keep you and your children safe from domestic abuse.
Darton Law will apply for Emergency Legal Representation to cover any immediate action. You still need to apply for legal aid in the normal way for any ongoing work.
How to claim
Darton Law as your legal adviser or family mediator will apply for legal aid on your behalf. If you qualify, the government will pay their costs directly.
However, not everyone is eligible for legal aid. In order to be eligible you have to pass a means test (which is based on income) and a merits test. If you claim certain benefits the you will meet the means test. If you earn an income, evidence will need to be provided for your application to considered by the Legal Aid Agency.
The merits test is usually met if it is in the interests of justice for legal aid to be granted and there is evidence of domestic violence. This can be through a criminal conviction at Court, a non-molestation order, a GP letter or letter from a refuge. Legal aid can also be granted in cases where people suffer from mental health issues. Again, evidence of this has to be provided.
If you are unsure as to whether you can apply, then please contact either Ranjit Siddle or Kate Maddison and they will be able to advise you accordingly.
You are welcome to contact us by e-mail or telephone to seek our specialist advice on Family Law & Children Law. We assure you that your matter will be dealt with in strict confidence.