FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Legal aid is available on a non means tested basis for all cases where you are to be interviewed by the police
LEGAL AID: Legal aid is available for all cases brought against individuals in either the Magistrates or Crown Court. In order to be entitled to legal aid you must demonstrate:
(1) INTERESTS OF JUSTICE TEST: It must be shown that the case is of such significance that you require representation by a lawyer. Examples include that the case demands the expert cross-examination of a prosecution witness or that if convicted you face a possibility of a custodial sentence.
(2) MEANS TEST: You must satisfy a means test [as to both income and capital]. This is complex and we can advise you in more detail but you will be passported and automatically eligible if:
You are in receipt of a qualifying welfare benefit e.g. Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Pensions Credit.
You are under 18 years of age
There is a means test calculator available on the Legal Aid Agency website at www.justice.gov.uk/legal-aid
FIXED FEES: We are able to act on fixed fees in some cases. We will need to agree the fixed fee with you depending upon the facts of each case.
Please call to discuss this without obligation. Telephone 01323 720142.