Are you eligible for Legal Aid?
You may be eligible for Legal Aid in relation to the following types of Proceedings:-
Public Children Law Proceedings involving the Local Authority regarding the protection of children.
Representation and advice on a family matter if you are under 18.
Domestic violence injunction cases.
Forced marriage protection Order cases.
Cases involving female genital mutilation.
You may also be eligible for Legal Aid in relation to the following types of matters:
Private Children Law Proceedings
However, Legal Aid in relation to these is only available if you can prove that you have been a victim or are at risk of domestic violence or that the child who is the subject matter of the dispute is at risk of abuse from the other party for which protection is sought. You must be able to provide supporting evidence in relation to this.
Such evidence can consist of
1. An Unspent conviction for an offence of domestic violence or child abuse.
2. A Police caution for an offence of domestic violence or child abuse.
3. Ongoing Criminal Proceedings for an offence of domestic violence or child abuse.
4. A protective injunction or undertaking.
5. A Letter from a MARAC confirming that a multi agency risk assessment conference has taken place within the last five years in which a protection plan was put in place.
6. A finding made within previous Court Proceedings in relation to domestic violence or abuse of a child.
7. A letter from a health professional confirming that you have been examined within the last five years and that you have injuries or a condition consistent with those of domestic violence.
8. A letter from Social Services confirming that you have been assessed as being or at risk of being a victim of domestic violence years or that a child was assessed of being or at risk of being a victim of child abuse.
9. A letter from Social Services confirming that within the last two years a Child Protection Plan was put in place to protect a child from abuse or a risk of abuse.
10. Referral to a domestic violence support organisation within the last five years.
11. An ongoing application for an injunction within private children law proceedings for a Prohibited Steps Order.
12. Referral or Admission to a domestic violence support organisation within the last five years e.g. (Women’s Aid and Refuge).
13. Police bail for a domestic violence offence or where a Domestic Violence Protection Notice or Order has been made.
14. Financial abuse e.g. Bank statements, texts etc.
We hold a contract with the legal aid agency for all family work as one of the funding options available, please contact us for further information. We will always asses for whether you are eligible for legal aid, and if not we offer competitive fixed fees.