Legal aid in Scotland can be given for both civil cases and criminal cases.
The benefit of legal aid is that it allows you to receive advice and/or representation in court despite you not being able to afford the legal fees.
Civil legal assistance in Scotland
This helps you get legal advice and the help of a solicitor if your civil case needs to be taken to court. The civil legal aid helps to pay for your solicitor to act on your behalf and covers the preparation work as well as the hearing itself. It can also provide funding for advocates and experts if required.
Criminal legal assistance in Scotland
If you are going to be interviewed by the police under caution or you have been arrested then you will be entitled to free legal advice and representation. Criminal legal aid helps to pay for your solicitor to act on your behalf and will cover the preparation work as well as the hearing itself, it will also offer funding for advocates and experts if they are required.
Do I qualify?
One of our solicitors will tell you if you qualify however, it’s more than likely that you will qualify if:
- Your savings and anything of value that you own are worth less than a set amount
- You receive certain benefits
- Your weekly income after you pay bills and allowances is less than a set amount
When you come to our firm in Glasgow, one of our solicitors will sit down with you and discuss legal aid. We will then fill in application forms about your case and your financial situation and send them to the SLAB – Scottish Legal Aid Board.
SLAB will then assess your application and get back to us on whether or not you have been successful.
In order for legal aid to be successful, SLAB will have to decide that:
- You qualify financially
- You have a legal basis for your case
- It is reasonable to use public funds to support your case
- Help is not available to you from someone else
Get in touch with us
If you are in Scotland and would like to find out if you are eligible for legal aid then why not make an appointment to come into our law firm in Glasgow and speak to one of our solicitors?
Just get in touch with us by filling out our contact form or you can give us a call and we’ll get you booked in at the most convenient time for you.