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Legal Aid

Overview

Legal aid can help meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal.

You’ll usually need to show that:

  • your case is eligible for legal aid
  • the problem is serious
  • you can’t afford to pay for legal costs

You could for example get legal aid if:

  • you or your family are at risk of abuse or serious harm, eg domestic violence or forced marriage
  • you’re at risk of homelessness or losing your home
  • you’ve been accused of a crime, face prison or detention
  • you’re being discriminated against
  • you need family mediation
  • you’re adding legal arguments or bringing a case under the Human Rights Act [1]

Changes to Legal Aid

The Government have made large cuts to the Civil Legal Aid budget. This means that the financial criteria has changed as well as certain types of issues no longer qualifying for Legal Aid. You can find out more about when you can get Legal Aid from the Advice Guide website. The GOV.UK website has a checker to give you guidance on whether or not you can get legal aid. Civil Legal Advice is an advice line for people who qualify for Legal Aid.

Don’t qualify for Legal Aid?

The Bar Pro Bono Unit and LawWorks might be able to help if you need legal help but do not qualify for Legal Aid.

Further Help

For more information, look in our directory of services.
If you need advocacy with an issue regarding services, our advocacy team might be able to help.
If you need individual advice, contact our advice and information team: info@mindcharity.co.uk or call 01273 66 69 50

[1] https://www.gov.uk/legal-aid