Legal aid may be granted by the courts in most criminal law and road traffic cases where an applicant is unemployed. It may also be granted where an applicant is working but does not have the financial means to discharge legal fees.
The courts, in determining whether or not to grant legal aid, will consider the seriousness of the offence with which you have been charged; it’s legal complexity; your financial means and other criteria such as whether it would be contrary to fair procedures and natural justice for you to defend yourself without legal representation.
If you are unsure as to whether or not you are entitled to legal aid, please contact us by phone or email and we will be happy to advise you.
When legal aid is not granted, we adapt our fee to your needs and means. You will always be notified in advance of your court case what our fee will be.
For Road Traffic Offences, where legal aid is not granted, we have a fixed fee structure for District Court cases.
In all legal matters you are entitled to be notified by your solicitor of the fee you will be charged in advance of any work being done.