What is legal aid?
Legal aid is the use of public funds to help you meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal. Applications for legal aid are made by a solicitor who has contract with the Legal Aid Agency and whom you want to instruct to advice or represent you. Your application is decided by the Legal Aid Agency and if it is successful, you will be granted a Legal Aid Certificate specifying the area of law and cost limits. Certificate can also be time limited but both time and cost limits can be extended, if necessary.